Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon by Carl RollysonSusan Sontag: The Making of an Icon by Carl Rollyson

Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon

byCarl Rollyson, Lisa Paddock

Hardcover | August 24, 2000

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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 The Volcano Lover, 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.

Carl Rollyson is a professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written several biographies of prominent writers and has contributed essays to numerous reference works. He lives in Cape May, NJ. Lisa Paddock holds a Ph.D. in English from the Univer...
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Title:Susan Sontag: The Making of an IconFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.59 × 6.6 × 1.27 inPublished:August 24, 2000Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393049280

ISBN - 13:9780393049282

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Susan Sontag, a star since the 1964 publication of her Notes on Camp, has been a role model for intellectual women and a sex symbol for brainy men. She continues to give: she wrote about her own experience with cancer in Illness as Metaphor; she championed free speech in the Rushdie affair; she was a theatre director in Sarajevo; and she’s a best-selling novelist who epitomizes glamour. The Making of an Icon, Carol Rollyson and Lisa Paddock’s unauthorized biography, examines the forces that made Sontag an international icon, her public and private personas and her rise to fame.