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Jacqueline Susann

Jacqueline Susann

After a breast cancer diagnosis left her determined to leave a real impact on the world, Jacqueline Susann made history as the first author to have three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, starting with her landmark 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls.

Birth of novelist Jacqueline Susanne

August 20, 1921

Jacqueline Susann was the first writer to have three consecutive novels hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Jacqueline Susann

During the remaining twelve years of her life, Jacqueline Susann went from failed actress to the richest self-made woman in America, and the first to have three New York Times number one best-sellers in a row.

Fiction, Popular in the United States

The explosion of writing by American Jewish women in the twentieth century has produced not only serious fiction, poetry, essays, and autobiography but also a range of popular literature geared to pleasure reading and light entertainment. Jewish women authors have experimented with many genres: regional novels, sagas, historical novels, romances, mysteries and crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and humor.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Jacqueline Susann." (Viewed on December 12, 2017) <https://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/10498>.

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