November 11, 1948 |
|Known for||author of the book Girl, Interrupted and its film adaptation|
|Parents||Carl Kaysen (father)
Annette Neutra Kaysen 
Susanna Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of economist Carl Kaysen, a professor at MIT and former advisor to President John F. Kennedy, and his wife Annette Neutra Kaysen. Kaysen has one sister and is divorced. She lived for a time in the Faroe Islands, upon which experience her novel Far Afield is based.
Kaysen attended high school at the Commonwealth School in Boston, and the Cambridge School before being sent to McLean Hospital in 1967 to undergo psychiatric treatment for depression. It was there she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She was released after eighteen months. She later drew on this experience for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, which was adapted into a film in 1999. She was portrayed by Winona Ryder.
- Asa, As I Knew Him, 1987, ISBN 978-0-679-75377-3
- Far Afield, 1990, ISBN 978-0-679-75376-6
- Girl, Interrupted, 1993, ISBN 978-1-85381-835-6
- The Camera My Mother Gave Me, 2001, ISBN 978-0-679-76343-7
- Cambridge (novel), 2014, ISBN 978-0-385-35025-9
- Austin Chronicle interview with Kaysen, via the Wayback Machine
- Susanna Kaysen, with photo of the author and synopses of her books, on the site of her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf
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