|Born||November 11, 1948|
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
|Known for||Girl, Interrupted|
Annette Neutra Kaysen
Susanna Kaysen (born November 11, 1948) is an American author, best known for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted.
Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Annette (Neutra) and economist Carl Kaysen, a professor at MIT and former advisor to President John F. Kennedy. Her family is Jewish.
Kaysen attended high school at the Commonwealth School in Boston, and The Cambridge School of Weston, before being sent to McLean Hospital in 1967 to undergo psychiatric treatment for depression. While there, she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She was released after 18 months. She drew on this experience for her memoir Girl, Interrupted in 1993, which was adapted into a film; she was portrayed by actress Winona Ryder.
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.
- 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, 2014, ISBN 978-0-385-35025-9
- ^ Cf. Library of Congress catalog entry for Susanna Kaysen.
- ^ Fisher, Franklin M., "Carl Kaysen: 5 march 1920 . 8 february 2010" Archived 30 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 156, No. 3, September 2012
- ^ Sittenfeld, Curtis (23 May 2014). "Problem Child". The New York Times.
- 1948 births
- Living people
- 20th-century American memoirists
- American women novelists
- Writers from Boston
- People with borderline personality disorder
- 20th-century American novelists
- American women memoirists
- 20th-century American women writers
- Commonwealth School alumni
- Novelists from Massachusetts
- McLean Hospital patients
- 21st-century American women
- Jewish American writers