|Born||1933 (age 81–82)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Smith College|
|Subject||Attitudes towards sex|
|Notable works||The World of Henry Orient|
|Relatives||Nunnally Johnson (father)
Marion Byrnes (mother)
Nora Johnson, daughter of filmmaker Nunnally Johnson and Marion Byrnes, was born in Hollywood, California in 1933. She was educated at the Brearley School, Abbot Academy, and Smith College, from which she graduated in 1954.
Her first novel, The World of Henry Orient, inspired by her experiences at the Brearley School, was published in 1956, and was made into a motion picture starring Peter Sellers in 1964. Her influential article Sex and the College Girl, was published in the November 1957 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, discussing attitudes towards sex on American campuses.
Johnson's other works include A Step Beyond Innocence (Little, Brown, 1961); Loveletter in the Dead-Letter Office (Delacorte, 1966); Flashback: Nora Johnson on Nunnally Johnson (Doubleday, 1979); You Can Go Home Again: An Intimate Journey (Doubleday, 1982); The Two of Us (Simon and Schuster, 1984); Tender Offer (Simon and Schuster, 1985); Uncharted Places (Simon and Schuster, 1988); Perfect Together (E. P. Dutton, 1991).
- Abrahams, William (1982) Prize Stories 1982: The O. Henry Awards, Doubleday, p. 99
- Author's official site
- Boston University Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center
- Official Site
- Nora Johnson at the Internet Movie Database
- Sex and the College Girl online at The Atlantic
- Works by Nora Johnson at Open Library
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