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"The Goddamn human race deserves itself, and as far as I'm concerned it can have it." -- Elizabeth Janeway
Elizabeth Janeway (October 7, 1913 — January 15, 2005) was an American author and critic.

Born Elizabeth Ames Hall in Brooklyn, New York, her naval architect father and homemaker mother fell on hard times during the Depression, leading her to end her Swarthmore College education and help support the family by creating bargain basement sale slogans (she graduated from Barnard College just a few years later, in 1935).

Never a supporter of the Communist Party or even a socialist, she did breathe the progressive air of 1930s New York City; she always laughed as she described how she and a Barnard friend met their physical education requirement by improvising a tap-dance version of The Internationale. Intent on becoming an author, Janeway took the same creative writing class again and again to help hone her craft. While working on her first novel, The Walsh Girls, she met and married Eliot Janeway, economic adviser to Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson (he was known as "Calamity Janeway" for his pessimistic economic forecasts). Elizabeth described Eliot as "the most intelligent man I had ever met."

The Janeways mingled with United States Supreme Court justices and many other luminaries of the day (she recommended Erica Jong's Fear of Flying to Justice William O. Douglas).

At the behest of labor organizer Walter Reuther she aided General Motors workers with their mid-1940s strike against the company.

Janeway finally finished Girls in 1943 while awaiting the birth of her second child; she signed the contract with the publishers while en route to the hospital. A later novel, 1949's The Question of Gregory, attracted attention due to the eerie similarities between Gregory and James Forrestal, a Defense Secretary and acquaintance of the Janeways who committed suicide. Janeway denied any connection between fact and fiction; she said the real theme of the book was "liberals in trouble".

All in all Janeway wrote seven novels; one, 1945's Daisy Kenyon, was made into a film starring Joan Crawford. For a time Janeway was a reviewer for the New York Times. In that capacity she introduced writer Anthony Powell and served as a champion of controversial works such as Lolita. She was also a reviewer for Ms. magazine.

From 1965-1969 she served as president of the Authors Guild, addressing lawmakers about copyright protection and other matters.

Many of Janeway's early works focused on the family situation, with occasional glimpses at the struggles of women in modern society. In the early 1970s, she began a more explicitly feminist path with works such as Man's World, Woman's Place: A Study of Social Mythology. She befriended Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Kate Millet and was strongly in favor of abortion rights. Janeway continued to write and go on lecture tours. She learned to speak Russian so that she could visit the Soviet Union.

Janeway was a judge for the National Book Awards in 1955 and for the Pulitzer Prize in 1971. She was an executive of International PEN. At its 1981 commencement ceremonies, her alma mater Barnard College awarded Janeway its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction.

Elizabeth Hall Janeway died at her Rye, New York home. She is survived by two sons: Columbia Graduate School of Journalism professor, Boston Globe editor and former Atlantic Monthly executive Michael Janeway and William Hall Janeway, until 2006 a Vice Chairman at Warburg Pincus, as well as by three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Star Trek Voyager's Captain Janeway was originally named Elizabeth. The name was changed to Nicole after the hiring of Geneviève Bujold. It was later changed again to Kathryn, after Kate Mulgrew was hired. It was originally changed to avoid legal disputes when it was discovered that a prominent woman already held the name Elizabeth Janeway.

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Total Books: 24
The Vikings
2010 - The VIkings (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781893103351
ISBN-10: 1893103358
Genre: Children's Books
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Powers of the Weak
1988 - Powers of the Weak (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394406961
ISBN-10: 0394406966
Genre: Nonfiction
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Leaving Home
1987 - Leaving Home (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780935312737
ISBN-10: 0935312730
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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The Vikings
1981 - The VIkings [Landmark, Bk 7] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394848853
ISBN-10: 0394848853
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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This Passionate Land
1979 - This Passionate Land (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451084620
ISBN-10: 0451084624
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Between Myth and Morning Women Awakening
1975 - Between Myth and Morning Women Awakening (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780688053116
ISBN-10: 0688053114
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Mans World Womans Place a Study in Social Mythology
1972 - Mans World Womans Place a Study in Social Mythology (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440551638
ISBN-10: 0440551633
Genre: Nonfiction
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Man's World Woman's Place A Study in Social Mythology
1971 - Man's World Woman's Place a Study in Social Mythology (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688020477
ISBN-10: 068802047X
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Ivanov Seven
1969 - Ivanov Seven (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780356028606
ISBN-10: 0356028607
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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Economics of Crisis
Economics of Crisis (Hardcover)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780286631419
ISBN-10: 0286631415
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Swiss Family Robinson
Swiss Family Robinson (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780613991988
ISBN-10: 0613991982
Genre: Children's Books
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Cross Sections
Cross Sections (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688010249
ISBN-10: 0688010245
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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Cross sections from a decade of change
Cross Sections From a Decade of Change (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780688026493
ISBN-10: 0688026494
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Improper behavior
Improper Behavior (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688048976
ISBN-10: 0688048978
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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MAN'S WORLDWOMAN'S PLACE
Man's Worldwoman's Place (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780718109790
ISBN-10: 0718109791
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