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Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon

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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 , 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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This first biography of the writer delves beneath the surface to examine the forces that made Sontag an international icon, exploring her public persona and private passions, and examining strategies behind her meteoric rise to fame and her political moves and missteps. Rollyson teaches English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Paddock is a freelance writer.
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"The book neither sympathizes with its subject nor trashes her. A kind of semiruthless, semi-good-natured impersonality prevails throughout....This book never penetrates the glazed surface of Sontag's appearance or the formal character of her work....[However] many interviews were conducted with friends and enemies alike, the reader is left knowing that a wall still stands behind which Susan Sontag lurks, undetected and unknown." --Vivian Gornick, , 08/01/2000

Synopsis:

This unauthorized biography delves beneath the surface to examine the forces that made Susan Sontag an international icon. Rollyson and Paddock explore her public persona and private passions, including the strategies behind her meteoric rise to fame and her political moves and missteps.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [310]-343) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393049282
Author:
Rollyson, Carl
Author:
Paddock, Lisa Olson
Author:
Rollyson, Carl E.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Women and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.58x6.42x1.29 in. 1.54 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393049282 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The book neither sympathizes with its subject nor trashes her. A kind of semiruthless, semi-good-natured impersonality prevails throughout....This book never penetrates the glazed surface of Sontag's appearance or the formal character of her work....[However] many interviews were conducted with friends and enemies alike, the reader is left knowing that a wall still stands behind which Susan Sontag lurks, undetected and unknown." --Vivian Gornick, , 08/01/2000
"Synopsis" by , This unauthorized biography delves beneath the surface to examine the forces that made Susan Sontag an international icon. Rollyson and Paddock explore her public persona and private passions, including the strategies behind her meteoric rise to fame and her political moves and missteps.
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