Susanna Kaysen

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Susanna Kaysen
Born (1948-11-11) November 11, 1948 (age 66) [1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation author
Known for author of the book Girl, Interrupted and its film adaptation
Parents Carl Kaysen (father)
Annette Neutra Kaysen [2]

Susanna Kaysen (born November 11, 1948) is an American author, best known for her memoir Girl, Interrupted.

Life[edit]

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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cf. Library of Congress catalog entry for Susanna Kaysen.
  2. ^ Fisher, Franklin M., "Carl Kaysen: 5 march 1920 . 8 february 2010", Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 156, No. 3, September 2012

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