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Susan Sontag biography

Date of birth : 1933-01-16
Date of death : 2004-12-28
Birthplace : New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-10-17
Credited as : author, political activist, Frankfurt Book fair

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Susan Sontag was an American author, literary theorist, feminist and political activist whose works include On Photography and Against Interpretation.

She grew up in Arizona and Los Angeles, took degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard, then did postgraduate work at Oxford before settling in New York City to teach and write. She first gained attention with her essay, ‘Notes on Camp’ (1964), and went on to publish several novels including The Volcano Lover (1992) and In America (2000), but she is best known for her critical essays and cultural analyses such as On Photography (1976) and Illness as Metaphor (1978). She also directed her own film, Duet for Cannibals (1969). The nature of her concerns and writings have gained her the reputation as America's answer to ‘Continental intellectuals’. Her son by an early marriage, David Rieff, is the author of Los Angeles, Capital of the Third World (1991).

Fiction:
(1963) The Benefactor ISBN 0-385-26710-X
(1967) Death Kit ISBN 0-312-42011-0
(1977) I, etcetera (Collection of short stories) ISBN 0-374-17402-4
(1991) The Way We Live Now (short story) ISBN 0-374-52305-3
(1992) The Volcano Lover ISBN 1-55800-818-7
(1999) In America ISBN 1-56895-898-6 (National Book Award for fiction in 2000)

Plays:
(1991) "A Parsifal" [one-act play, first published in _Antaeus_ 67 (1991): 180-185.]
(1993) Alice in Bed Library of Congress catalog card number 93-71280
(1999) "Lady from the Sea"

Nonfiction:
(1966) Against Interpretation ISBN 0-385-26708-8 (includes Notes on "Camp")
(1969) Styles of Radical Will ISBN 0-312-42021-8
(1980) Under the Sign of Saturn ISBN 0-374-28076-2
(2001) Where the Stress Falls ISBN 0-374-28917-4
(2002) Regarding the Pain of Others ISBN 0-374-248583
(2007) At the Same Time: Essays & Speeches ISBN 0-374-10072-1 (edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump, with a foreword by David Rieff)

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