Happy Birthday, New Jersey Native Fran Lebowitz!

by Alice Magdziak • October 27, 2011 • Holiday, Jersey FolkComments (0)1353

Born and raised in Morristown, Lebowitz is best known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her metropolitan sensibilities. Some reviewers have called her a modern-day Dorothy Parker.

After being expelled from high school and receiving a GED, Lebowitz worked many odd jobs before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. This was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book was a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, released in 1978, followed by Social Studies in 1981, both of which are collected (with a new introductory essay) in The Fran Lebowitz Reader.

For more than twenty years she has been famous in part for writing Exterior Signs of Wealth, a long-overdue novel purportedly about rich people who want to be artists, and artists who want to be rich.

The rest is literary history.

[via Wikipedia]

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