Susan Sontag (Critical Lives)

Susan Sontag (Critical Lives)

Jerome Boyd Maunsell


“My notion of a author: an individual attracted to ‘everything.’” This assertion by means of Susan Sontag (1933–2004) looked as if it would replicate her personal lifestyles as an essayist, diarist, filmmaker, playwright, and novelist writing on a startling diversity of topics—from literature, dance, movie, and portray to melanoma, AIDS, and the ethics of struggle reportage. for plenty of critics, her paintings captures the twentieth-century global larger than virtually the other. during this new biography, Jerome Boyd Maunsell attracts on Sontag’s broad diaries to supply a much more intimate portrait than ever earlier than of her struggles in love, marriage, motherhood, and writing.
 
Exploring the spectacular scope of Sontag’s existence and paintings, Maunsell strains her development in the course of her highbrow profession at Chicago, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He discusses her short-lived marriage to Philip Rieff at seventeen, the start of her son, and her next relationships with ladies. As Maunsell follows the intense arc of her existence, he delves into her literary existence in manhattan within the Sixties; travels along with her to Hanoi, Cuba, and China; and surveys her paintings in Sweden and France within the Nineteen Seventies, the place she became to filmmaking. Maunsell concludes via interpreting her magnificent rebirth as a novelist and critic within the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s after her prognosis with melanoma within the mid-1970s.
 
delivering a whole photograph of Sontag as a personal individual and public determine, this concise biography casts new gentle in this pivotal determine in literary and cultural history.

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