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Sontag, Susan. UNDER THE SIGN OF SATURN. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1980. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 204 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth collection of essays. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book is dedicated to the Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, who once poetically described Sontag's essays as "mental music". Contains some of her finest pieces, including a sixty-page essay, "Approaching Artaud", which is itself intimidating to approach. Her generous and loving tribute to the great European modernist literary tradition to which she was indebted, the essays in this collection are among the most challenging and rewarding that Susan Sontag ever wrote: Elias Canetti, Roland Barthes, Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, Paul Goodman, and the eponymous piece on Walter Benjamin, "the most important critic of the pre-war period and the writer to whom Sontag can be most relevantly compared" (Publisher's blurb). Susan Sontag died on December 28, 2004 at the relatively young age of 71, her work unfinished, a one-of-a-kind writer who is a heartbreaking, irreplaceable loss to contemporary life and literature. One of the ironies about her career is that despite her fame, readers and collectors never fully appreciated the magnitude of her achievement, that she is a writer's writer, and that she will endure long after currently fashionable and hopelessly provincial American writers are forgotten. Rich, inexhaustible essays that one will go back to again and again. A "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the front free endpaper by Susan Sontag. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. The recipient is named. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for more than twenty-five years. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online are remainder-marked and have major problems. 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 0374280762. $150.00

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