Jane Mendelsohn

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Jane Mendelsohn (born 1965) is an American author. Her novels are known for their mythic themes, poetic imagery, and allegorical content. Her novel I Was Amelia Earhart was an international bestseller in 1996 and short-listed for the Orange Prize.

Background and personal life[edit]

Mendelsohn was born in New York City, the daughter of a psychiatrist and an art historian. She graduated from Horace Mann School in New York and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University in 1987. She attended Yale Law School for one year before beginning a career as a writer/journalist. She has worked as an assistant to the literary editor at The Village Voice and as a tutor at Yale University. Mendelsohn is married and lives in New York with her husband, producer Nick Davis, and two daughters. .[1]


  • I Was Amelia Earhart (1996)
  • Innocence (2000)
  • American Music (2010)
  • Burning Down the House (2016)