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Susanna Kaysen (born November 11, 1948) is an American author, best known for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted.

Susanna Kaysen
Born (1948-11-11) November 11, 1948 (age 69) [1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation Author
Known for Girl, Interrupted
Parent(s) Carl Kaysen (father)
Annette Neutra Kaysen [2]



Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of economist Carl Kaysen, a professor at MIT and former advisor to President John F. Kennedy, and Annette Neutra Kaysen.

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. It was there she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She was released after 18 months. She later drew on this experience for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, which was adapted into a film in 1999; she was portrayed by 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.



  1. ^ Cf. Library of Congress catalog entry for Susanna Kaysen.
  2. ^ 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

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