Sue Kaufman (August 7, 1926 – June 25, 1977) is an American author best known for the novel Diary of a Mad Housewife.
Kaufman was born in Long Island, New York. She received her degree from Vassar College in 1947. In 1953 she married a doctor named Jeremiah Abraham Barondess with whom she had a son. At Vassar she did some editorial work and went on to writing. Her works appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. Her first novel came out in 1959. In 1967 she wrote Diary of a Mad Housewife, which would be filmed as Diary of a Mad Housewife. She died in Manhattan in 1977, at the age of 50, after a long illness. The Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction is named in her honor.
- The Happy Summer Days (1959)
- Green Holly (1961)
- Diary of a Mad Housewife (1967)
- The Headshrinker's Test (1969)
- Falling Bodies (1974)
- The Master and Other Stories (1976)