Writer Rhoda Lerman Has Died

By Maryann Yin Comment

Rhoda Lerman 200Writer Rhoda Lerman has died. She was 79 years old.

According to The New York Times, “Ms. Lerman was a difficult writer to categorize because her imagination was eccentric and because her books didn’t resemble one another. A lush stylist with a vivid, sarcastic wit and a taste for ribaldry, she was sometimes compared to Philip Roth for her wicked depictions of the battle of the sexes, albeit from the distaff side.”

Throughout her career, Lerman (pictured, via) wrote novels, a screenplay based on one of her novels, and a nonfiction book. Some of her works include Call Me Ishtar (1973), Eleanor (1979), and Elsa Was Born a Dog, I Was Born A Human…Things Have Changed (2013).