Roiphe switches to the Free Press

Publisher lures author from Houghton Mifflin

NEW YORK — Author and columnist Anne Roiphe will publish her next book with a new house, the Free Press, much to Houghton Mifflin’s dismay.

Insiders say the author of seven novels, and most recently of the non-fiction work “Fruitful: My Real Life as a Modern Mother,” for Houghton, was no longer “seeing eye-to-eye” with her publisher about her latest project.

This week, Roiphe jumped to the Free Press, with a six-figure deal as incentive.

“We’re thrilled to have lured Anne over here,” says Free Press editorial director Elizabeth MaGuire.

The one-book deal is for Roiphe’s memoir, “1185 Park Avenue” (working title), due out in May 1999. The book will be a portrait of her parents’ marriage, which was “held together by convention and money,” and life in New York during the 1940s and 1950s.

Roiphe’s articles and reviews have appeared in Vogue, Redbook, Glamour, Working Woman, Family Circle and elsewhere. She also writes a bi-weekly column for the New York Observer.

Her novel, “Up the Sandbox” (Simon&Schuster, 1970) became a Barbara Streisand pic, and actress Anne Bancroft has another Roiphe work, “Lovingkindness,” under option, and is at work on the screenplay.

Roiphe is represented by Lisa Bankoff of ICM.