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Susan Sontag: A Biography (Paperback)
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Susan Sontag: A Biography (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 15/08/2014
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Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was one of America's first celebrity intellectuals. In the first biography to be published since her death, Daniel Schreiber portrays a glamorous woman full of contradictions and inner conflicts, whose life mirrored the cultural upheavals of her time. While known primarily as a cultural critic and novelist, Sontag was also a filmmaker, stage director, and dramatist. It was her status as a pop icon that was unusual for an American intellectual: she was filmed by Andy Warhol and Woody Allen, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and Diane Arbus, and her likeness adorned advertisements for Absolut vodka. Drawing on newly available sources, including interviews with Nadine Gordimer, Robert Wilson, and Sontag's son, David Rieff, as well as on myriad interviews given by Sontag and her extensive correspondence with her friend and publisher Roger Straus, Schreiber explores the roles that Sontag played in influencing American public cultural and political conversations.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810125834
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[A] crisp and dispassionate biography" -Publishers Weekly

"A sensitive, cleareyed biography of an intellectual star" -Kirkus Reviews


"To capture Sontag's life and spirit by honoring her dimensionality, then, is a monumental task, but one which... Daniel Schreiber accomplishes with enormous elegance in the long-awaited Susan Sontag: A Biography" -Brain Pickings

"[A]n engaging and fascinating life story" -Gay & Lesbian Review


"In succinct, easy-to-follow fashion, the biography helps account for why Sontag was a writer of many tastes and talents who continues to attract interest." -Columbus Dispatch

"Recommended." --CHOICE

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