Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 370 pages
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The first--and unauthorized--biography of the so-called dark lady of American letters. Ever since she took American culture by storm with the publication of her Notes on Camp in 1964, Susan Sontag has been a star. Her austere glamour has been a critical factor in her success, making her a role model for intellectual women, a sex symbol for brainy men. She has never ceased to fascinate the public: as brilliant wunderkind, bringing the latest in French thought to America; as sophisticated analyst of her own experience with cancer in Illness as Metaphor; as champion of free speech in the Rushdie Affair; as theater director in besieged Sarajevo; and, with the publication of The Volcano Lover, as best-selling historical novelist. Yet she has both courted that fascination and insisted on holding it at a distance, demanding control over her public image. This first--and most definitely unauthorized--biography delves beneath the surface to examine the forces that made Susan Sontag an international icon. Carl Rollyson and Lisa Paddock explore her public persona and private passions, including the strategies behind her meteoric rise to fame and her political moves and missteps. Above all, they show how the life of Susan Sontag reveals to us the way we live now.
 

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The writer Susan Sontag has turned down very little publicity over the years since setting American criticism on its ear with her essay "On Camp" in 1964. But, while the authors of this first life of ... Read full review

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If I wasn't an atheist I would wish that pseudo-intellectual dirty ratt h33b k1ke Sontag goes straight to hell. Sorry Sontag if any race was a cancer on the world it's the jews.

Contents

My Desert Childhood 19331945
3
A World Elsewhere 19451948
15
Towards a Better Life 19491953
25
The Life and the Project 19521957
37
Quest 19571958
43
Making It 19591961
51
Made 19621963
63
Supremacy 19631964
78
The Salonistes 19771985
182
I etcetera 1979
202
A Wandering Jew 1980
210
Susan the Apostate 1982
218
Retrospection 19821983
228
President Sontag 19861989
236
Pitching Susan Sontag 19861989
256
The Way We Live Now 19861995
264

Fame 19651966
88
Peter and Paul 19651967
105
Neoradicalism 19671969
119
Styles of Radical Will 19691971
130
Ms Sontag 19711973
146
Promised Lands 19711974
158
Old Complaints Revisited 1975
164
Becoming a Little Posthumous 19751978
169
Recovery 19761977
175
The Volcano Lover 19901992
279
Sarajevo 19931995
287
The End and the Beginning 19911999
297
A Brief Anthology of Quotations Homage to SS
305
Notes and Comments
310
Acknowledgments
344
Index
347
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Carl Rollyson is a professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written several biographies of prominent writers and has contributed essays to numerous reference works. He lives in Cape May, NJ.

Lisa Paddock holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. She has written scholarly articles on literature for several journals and reference books. She lives in Cape May, NJ.

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