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CONVERSATIONS WITH SUSAN SONTAG: LITERARY CONVERSATIONS SERIES - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Sontag, Susan (Author) & Poague, Leland (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0878058338 / ISBN 13: 9780878058334
Published by Jackson, MS: University Of Mississippi, 1995
Used Condition Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. 287 pages. Published in 1995. The author's collection of interviews. Published in a small and limited print run of 500 copies as a hardcover original by a University Press as part of the now-legendary "Literary Conversations" Series. This First Hardcover Edition was sold to public libraries only and was never reissued. Should not be confused with the regular trade Softcover Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in the most collectible format possible, a representative selection of interviews conducted by various writers, journalists, and scholars with the author. Gives a rich, complex, and lively overview of both the life and mind of one of America's most important writers. Presented in chronological order, the interviews cumulatively amount to an absorbing account of one of the greatest literary journeys of the 20th century, which is the explicit intention of the publisher with each writer who is included in the Series. Susan Sontag was the writer-as-intellectual icon. Sontag made not one but several controversial public positions (including her prescient stand on 9/11), brought her formidable rhetorical skills, intellectual brilliance, and charismatic persona to bear on the artistic and political issues of the day, most notably feminism (what it means to be empowered as a woman), illness (why it is dangerous to use cancer and AIDS as metaphors), and war (when it is right to wage war and when it is not). She was one of the most quotable writers of our time (the quotes are in this book, and more). "Great books don't only need custodians and transmitters. To stay alive, they also need adversaries. The most interesting ideas are, after all, heresies" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online have serious flaws. A rare 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 0878058338. Bookseller Inventory # 19944

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Here is a collection of interviews that cover the period from 1967 through 1993. Many are translations of interviews that originally appeared in French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, or Swedish periodicals. Several are published here for the first time in any language. Giving attention to Sontag's education and the development of her aesthetic and moral temperament, they cover Sontag's rich career as a distinguished writer, filmmaker, dramatist, and cultural critic.

Born in New York City, reared in Arizona and California, educated at Berkeley, Chicago, Harvard, Oxford, the Sorbonne, appointed to teaching positions in English, philosophy, and religion, she is a woman whose restlessly independent and resolutely transcultural temperament was already well established when she boxed up the manuscript of The Benefactor and submitted it to Farrar & Straus in 1962. By 1992, when her much acclaimed novel The Volcano Lover: A Romance was published, The Benefactor alone had gone through twenty-one editions in nine languages.

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Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH SUSAN SONTAG: LITERARY ...

Publisher: Jackson, MS: University Of Mississippi, 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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