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Sontag, Susan. I, ETCETERA. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1978. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 246 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's debut and only collection of short stories. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Susan Sontag's "I, Etcetera". Her first and only collection of (autobiographical) short stories. Includes such pieces as "Unguided Tour", which she later made into a film for Italian television, and "Debriefing", an autobiographical and poignant story on suicide. As a short-story writer, Sontag is a committed Chekhovian: She believes that the form is not about character "development" (as the novel is) but about "stable" characters confronting unstable situations, life-altering as well as minute, nuanced changes of time, place, and mood. "You have to know when to let the old life go, and go on and not look back and have regrets. Otherwise you will always be sad, because you are always losing something. That's the way life is if you let misfortunes strike you too hard, you won't see the new chance coming" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Susan Sontag. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. She signed on top of the page, making it even more prominent. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374174024. $100.00

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