My library…

My library is an archive of longings.

– Susan Sontag

The author of On Photography was born on this day in 1933.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Susan Sontag in an undated portrait
Born Susan Rosenblatt
January 16, 1933
New York City, United States
Died December 28, 2004 (aged 71)
New York City, United States
Cause of death Myelodysplastic syndrome
Nationality American
Other names The Dark Lady of American Letters
Occupation Novelist, essayist
Years active 1959–2004
Spouse(s) Philip Rieff
(m. 1950–1959, divorced)[1]
Partner(s) Annie Leibovitz
Children David Rieff (born 1952)
Susan Sontag (/ˈsɒntɑːɡ/; January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer and filmmaker, professor, literary icon, and political activist. Beginning with the publication of her 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'”, Sontag became an international cultural and intellectual celebrity. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover and In America.
Sontag was active in writing and speaking about, or travelling to, areas of conflict, including during the Vietnam War and the Siege of Sarajevo. She wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and communism and leftist ideology. Her often provocative essays and speeches sometimes drew criticism. The New York Review of Books called her “one of the most influential critics of her generation.”[2]


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