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Sontag, Susan (Subject) & Lopate, Phillip (Author). NOTES ON SONTAG. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 247 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length account on subject. The first volume in the "Writers On Writers" Series. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. The cover utilizes a lovely portrait of Sontag by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Presents the inaugural volume in a new and exciting Series: A writer is commissioned by Princeton University to write a book about another writer. The writer is free to choose his subject and writing style (criticism, memoir, biography, even "meta-fiction"). Lopate has chosen to combine formal literary criticism with personal recollections of Susan Sontag, whom he knew but did not consider a friend or even colleague. His title is an allusion to Sontag's single most famous essay, "Notes On Camp", which immediately established her as the "foremost interpreter of our recent contemporary moment". Lopate is admirably and genuinely humble in describing himself as a "mid-list" writer (he is much more than this) whereas he considers Sontag, who was on friendly terms with him, a cultural phenomenon. "Phillip Lopate is so sensible that we can overlook just how smart and audacious he also is. In 'Notes on Sontag', he manages a dazzling, melancholy anatomy as Robert Burton would have understood the notion, and his interrogation of Sontag is all the more impressive and resonant because this is a self-interrogation too. Shrewd, ardent, skeptical, canny" (Robert Polito, Director of the New School Writing Program). A gem of a book that one will admire, agree, and argue with, this is a "must-have" title for Susan Sontag and Phillip Lopate collectors. This title will become highly collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest living critics on one of the most influential and important American writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0691135703. $20.00

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