Title: A SUSAN SONTAG READER: THE LIMITED EDITION -...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1982
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 446 pages. Published in 1982. Retrospective collection of the author's work. Now considered a late-modern classic. Limited Slipcased Edition of 350 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition. It has the same ISBN as the latter. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by FSG: Regular-sized volume format. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Susan Sontag. Essay by Elizabeth Hardwick, which appears in published form for the first and only time. Matching cream ribbed paper and blue hard board slipcase. Printed on thick archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "A Susan Sontag Reader". A retrospective of her finest and most representative work in mid-career. Includes selections from her novels and previous collections of essays as well as two pieces that appear in this Reader only: The landmark Salmagundi Interview and the obituary-essay, "Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes". Even her most ardent admirers find Susan Sontag's intransigent assertion that she has the right to change her mind on issues, works of art, and other crucial subjects exasperating. All is usually forgiven because there is no American writer/intellectual of the last quarter of the 20th century who wrote about the issues with the same passion, commitment, and insight, and thereby made them matter. "The inner life tends to mistrust the new. A strongly developed inner life will be particularly resistant to the new. We are told we must choose, the old or the new. In fact, we must choose both. What is life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the new? We cannot do without the old, because in what is old is invested all our past, our wisdom, our memories, our sadness, our sense of realism. We cannot do without faith in the new, because in what is new is invested all our energy, our capacity for optimism, our blind biological yearnings, our ability to forget, the healing ability that makes reconciliation possible" (Susan Sontag). The single best introduction to the author's oeuvre. An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Susan Sontag. This title is a classic. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have major flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 for "On Photography", the National Book Award in 2000 for "In America", and the Jerusalem Prize in 2001. Shimon Peres, in awarding the Jerusalem Prize, described Sontag as "one of the world's finest writers and greatest minds". One of the most influential and important American writer-intellectuals of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374272166. Bookseller Inventory # 19965
Susan Sontag occupies a special place in Modern American letters. She has become our most important critic, while her brilliant novels and short fiction are, at long last, getting the recognition they deserve. Sontag is above all a writer, which is only to say that, though the form may differ, there is an essential unity in all her work. The truth of this is perhaps more evident in A Susan Sontag Reader than in any of Sontag's individual books. The writer selected a sampling of her work, meaning the choice both to reflect accurately a career and also to guide the reader toward those qualities and concerns which she prizes in her own writing.
A Susan Sontag Reader is arranged chronologically and draws on most of Sontag's books. There are selections from her two novels, The Benefactor and Death Kit, and from her collections of short stories, I, etcetera. The famous essays from the 1960s--"Against Interpretation," "Notes on Camp," and "On Style"--which established Sontag's reputation and can be fairly said to have shaped the cultural views of a generation are included, as are selctions from her two subsequent volumes of essays, Styles of Radical Will and Under the Sign of Satury.A part of Sontag's best-selling On Photography is also included.
It is astonishing to read these works when they are detached from the books they appeared in and offered instead in the order in which Sontag wrote them. The connections between various literary forms, the progression of themes, are revealed in often startling ways. Moreover, Sontag has included a long interview in which she moves mroe informally over the whole range of her concerns and of her work. The volume ends with "Writing Itself," a previously uncollected essay on Roland Barthes which, in the eyes of many, is one of Sontag's finest achievements.
This collection is, in a sense, both a self-potrait and a key for a reader to understand the work of one of the most imporant writers of our time.
About the Author: Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories; several plays; and seven works of nonfiction. She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.
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