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.
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About the Author
DANIEL SCHREIBER is a Berlin-based writer. An art and literary critic, he contributes to numerous German and Swiss magazines and newspapers, including Die Zeit, DU—das Kulturmagazin, Philosophie Magazin, Litera turen, and Weltkunst, as well as the radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur. He is a columnist for the daily taz—die tageszeitung, and his essays on art and culture appear in a number of anthologies. He was previously contributing editor to Monopol and headed the culture section of the magazine Cicero.
DAVID DOLLENMAYER is emeritus professor of German at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is the winner of the 2008 Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for his translation of Moses Rosenkranz’s Childhood: An Autobiographical Fragment.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English-Language Edition vii
Memories of a So-Called Childhood (1933-1944) 3
The Invention of Susan Sontag (1945-1948) 17
Intellectual Delirium (1949-1957) 27
Paris, a Romance (1958-1959) 41
The New York Nexus (1959-1963) 53
Camp (1964) 71
Styles of the Avant-Garde (1965-1967) 85
Radical Chic (1967-1969) 101
Behind the Camera (1969-1972) 111
In Semi-Exile (1972-1975) 123
The Kingdom of the Sick (1975-1979) 139
The Last Intellectual (1980-1983) 153
Small-Scale Politics (1984-1988) 167
Return to the Magic Mountain (1989-1992) 181
Theater at the Spiritual Front (1993-1997) 195
Life and Afterlife (1998-2001) 211
The Pain of Others (2001-2004) 225
Index of Names 273