Elizabeth Wurtzel

American writer and journalist

Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel (July 31, 1967 – January 7, 2020)[1] was an American feminist writer, essayist and journalist. She was known for publishing her best-selling memoir Prozac Nation, at the age of 27. Wurtzel wrote regularly for The Wall Street Journal.[2]

Elizabeth Wurtzel
Elizabeth Wurtzel in 2010.
Elizabeth Wurtzel in 2010.
BornElizabeth Lee Wurtzel
(1967-07-31)July 31, 1967
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 2020(2020-01-07) (aged 52)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, journalist, lawyer
Alma materHarvard College (B.A.)
Yale Law School (JD)
GenreConfessional memoir
Notable worksProzac Nation
Years active1976—2020
James Freed (m. 2015)

She was played by Christina Ricci in a movie based on her memoir in 2001.

Wurtzel was born in New York City. She had a BA in comparative literature[3] from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School. In 2015, she married James Freed.

In February 2015, Wurtzel was diagnosed with breast cancer.[4] She had a double mastectomy. Wurtzel died of meningitis caused by the cancer in New York City on January 7, 2020, aged 52.[5]


  1. Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 28, 2007). "Coming Soon: 'Law School Nation'?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. Wurtzel, Elizabeth (April 9, 2009). "Twelve Years Down the Drain". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  3. Walden, Celia. "Elizabeth Wurtzel: 'Getting married for the first time at 47 is my real mistake'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. Wurtzel, Elizabeth (February 5, 2015). "And Now This: Author Elizabeth Wurtzel Reckons with Breast Cancer". Vice. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  5. Genzlinger, Neil (January 7, 2020). "Elizabeth Wurtzel, 'Prozac Nation' Author, Is Dead at 52". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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