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Obituaries

Eda Mirsky Mann, painter, mother of novelist Erica Jong

NEW YORK — Eda Mirsky Mann, a painter and designer and the mother of ‘‘Fear of ­Flying’’ novelist Erica Jong, has died.

She was 100.

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Jong’s office announced that Mrs. Mann had died at her Manhattan home on Monday.

The daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Mrs. Mann was born in England and immigrated to New York with her family when she was 8.

She studied at the National Academy of Design and became close to fellow student Lee Krasner, later a leading abstract expressionist painter and the wife of fellow artist Jackson ­Pollock.

Mann completed hundreds of paintings and drawings, including at least two portraits of Krasner.

She had three daughters with her husband, Seymour Mann, a musician and giftware importer who died in 2004.

She also leaves nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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