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Early Diaries 1947-1963

Author: Susan Sontag  

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The compelling, intimate and frank diary of one of America's greatest public intellectuals

A selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947-1963) that takes us from early adolescence though to when Sontag was in her early thirties. It is an honest self-portrait which is also a revealing account of an artist and critic being born.

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Summary

The compelling, intimate and frank diary of one of America's greatest public intellectuals

A selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947-1963) that takes us from early adolescence though to when Sontag was in her early thirties. It is an honest self-portrait which is also a revealing account of an artist and critic being born.

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Description

'I intend to do everything . . . I shall anticipate pleasure everywhere and find it too, for it is everywhere! I shall involve myself wholly . . . everything matters!'

This first selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947 - 1963) takes us from early adolescence though to when Sontag was in her early thirties. It is an astonishingly affecting and honest self-portrait which is also a fascinating, revealing account of an artist and critic being born. We see Sontag honing her skills and fashioning herself, by a supreme act of will, into an intellectual force.

'Inspirational. Sontag shows us not just the importance, but the exhilaration of being earnest' New Statesman

'One can feel Sontag's mind beginning to ripen and bloom, and the full force of the intellectual originality that would be her hallmark emerging' Guardian

'A fascinating document of her apprenticeship, charting her earnest quest for education, identity and voice. Reborn is overwhelmingly a record of an inner landscape' New York Review of Books

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Critic Reviews

"A fascinating document of Sontag's apprenticeship, charting her earnest quest for education, identity, and voice . . . What slowly emerges . . . is a sense of Sontag's ferocious will. . . . She wanted to be a writer and would do almost anything to make that happen."--Darryl Pinckney, "The New Yorker" "A portrait of the artist as a young omnivore, an earnest, tirelessly self-inspecting thinker fashioning herself into the phenomenon she will be . . . Her journal is her true first book, the story of a woman struggling with her consciousness."--Richard Lacayo, "Time" magazine "A revelation . . . As do all the best critics, Sontag gave us new metaphors for how to read and see. Fabulously, surprisingly, "Reborn "shows she used that skill to understand her own pell-mell life."--John Freeman, "NPR.org" "What's fascinating . . . is that the journal reveals and adolescent and, later, a young woman, in whom 'ambition'--in this case, an overpowering yearning to be surroundede

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About the Author

Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004. Penguin will publish Sontag on Film in October 2016.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Published
1st October 2009
Pages
336
ISBN
9780141045191
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