Susanna Kaysen was born on 11 November, 1948, and raised in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Her father is the economist Carl Kaysen (b.1920), formerly a
professor at MIT and advisor to President John F. Kennedy. In 1967 she
attended the Commonwealth School before being sent to McLean Hospital where she
underwent psychiatric treatment for depression for 18-months having been
diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Her first novel, Asa,
As I Knew Him, was published in 1987; followed by a second novel in 1990,
Far Afield. In 1993 she published the memoir that she is best known
for, Girl Interrupted, that drew on her experience at McLean Hospital.
It was made into a film in 1999. All her books draw on her own personal
experiences to varying degrees. She published a memoir, The Camera My
Mother Gave Me, in 2001.
This biography was last updated on 07/02/2011.
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