Search Results: "Susan Sontag"


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SUSAN SONTAG by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2000

"Although light on both literary and psychological substance, this biography, like Sontag herself, has plenty of charm."
An engagingly gossipy biography of the most glamorous intellectual celebrity of our time, assessing the impact of the writer's persona more thoroughly than her literary creations. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Daniel Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Schreiber's intelligent reading of Sontag's works and his fair and balanced handling of the impassioned controversies she generated admirably serve both his subject and his readers."
A sensitive, cleareyed biography of an intellectual star, first published in Germany in 2007. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Another side of a significant 20th-century writer, preserved from the archives."
A humanizing interview with the late cultural icon, who was often perceived as a fiercely aggressive and polarizing intellect. Read full book review >

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A SUSAN SONTAG READER by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1982

"With only Illness as Metaphor not represented: a solid one-volume introduction to a major writer."
The only Sontag material in this "Reader" which has not previously appeared in book form is an April 1975 interview with Sontag, originally published in the quarterly Salmagundi: in it Sontag responds to feminist criticism by noting "its demands for intellectual simplicity, advanced in the name of ethical solidarity"; she eloquently deals with the would-be labeling of art as "reactionary" or "radical"; and she convincingly defends her writings on pornography, on camp, and totalitarianism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A minor but charming addendum to 20th-century literary history."
Poet Field (Counting Myself Lucky, 1992, etc.) atmospherically depicts gay and avant-garde life in the decades following WWII. Read full book review >

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SEMPRE SUSAN by Sigrid Nunez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2011

"Graceful, respectful and achingly honest."
Novelist Nunez (Salvation City, 2010, etc.) recalls her years with her longtime friend Susan Sontag (1933-2004). Read full book review >

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DEATH KIT by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1967

"A noble, serious try at a structuralist study of indeterminacy in an American setting, with many shrewd, startling moments, and that's about all."
In Death Kit, Susan Sontag attempts to achieve those qualities of the nouveau-roman she has praised in her criticism; that "search for an infinite precision...narrow dehydrated subject-matter and cool microscopic style." Read full book review >

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ILLNESS AS METAPHOR by Susan Sontag
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 1978

"The persuasive simplicity of the argument, and its reach, also call to mind Tom Paine."
Susan Sontag has written a small, liberating book that could become the cancer patient's Common Sense. Read full book review >

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STYLES OF RADICAL WILL by Susan Sontag
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 21, 1969

"Still, a private quarrel goes on between what she is and what she seeks, giving the aura of an embalmed intensity."
It is becoming difficult to sustain any fervent interest in Susan Sontag's career. Read full book review >

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IN AMERICA by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2000

"Yet, though Sontag may not be a novelist, really, she enlightens and entertains in what becomes, against rather long odds, a surprisingly lighthearted and likable book."
Once past its odd, sluggish opening, and not yet as far as its final 'scene," a reader finds much to enjoy in Sontag's highly researched fourth novel (The Volcano Lover, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1992 by Susan Sontag
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

"Intelligence," guest editor Sontag notes in her introduction, "is a literary virtue, not just an energy or aptitude given literary clothing." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 3, 1980

"More so than most Sontag—of distinctly limited interest."
One brilliant essay, dense with gravity and shrewdness, on Walter Benjamin: "The melancholic sees the world itself become a thing: refuse, solace, enchantment." Read full book review >