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Sontag, Susan (Subject); Ching, Barbara & Wagner-Lawlor, Jennifer A. (Editors). THE SCANDAL OF SUSAN SONTAG. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 265 pages. As New.

New collection of posthumous essays on subject. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with the Softcover Edition, which was published simultaneously with it. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. It will not be reissued once all of the copies are sold. The production values are impeccable: Pristine-white archival stock paper, handsome brown cloth boards, invaluable Index, and other Gender and Culture titles appended at the end. Without DJ, as issued. Presents all-new essays that collectively assess the achievement, legacy, and controversy that continue to surround Susan Sontag's "scandalous" career. Even more than a sober assessment, the collection is valuable in the sense that all of the contributors are also trying, in their own way, to continue Sontag's unfinished work, pointing to its unrealized possibilities and implications. More than seven years after her untimely death, the most cursory glance at printed commentary and blogs on Susan Sontag shows just how passionately people still feel about her work, for or against or somewhere in-between, never indifferent. While she was a cultural icon in her lifetime, that enviable stature was always under relentless attack from critics and detractors that her excruciating final bout with cancer and subsequent death did nothing to soften, mellow or dissipate. "Yields new insights on a most complex sensibility. The contributors accomplish this with sophisticated admiration, with originality, and with wit" (Publishers Weekly). Sontag was a lot more nimble and shrewd than her enemies (hence their frustration with her continuing relevance and their own "footnote" irrelevance). She always insisted on her right to keep an open mind, to change her mind, and therefore to never let anyone, not even herself, ever have The Last Word. If Harold Bloom is our sage, our true educator-guide to life, on every page the voice of age and wisdom, Sontag is our intellectual, our provocative questioner about life, in every line the voice of a human being's evolving and ecstatic engagement with literature and the arts. A "must-have" title for Susan Sontag collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce 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 flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0231149166. $100.00

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