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Sontag, Susan (Author) & Editors of The New Yorker Magazine. SUSAN SONTAG: "THE LETTER SCENE" SHORT STORY: THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE ISSUE. New York City, NY: The New Yorker Magazine, 1987. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 77 pages. Fine.

Rare Susan Sontag and New Yorker Magazine collectible item. Landmark New Yorker Magazine Issue. August 18, 1986 Issue. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Contributions by some of the world's finest writers, journalists, poets, humorists, and graphic/cartoon artists. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Unlike most books being published today, American magazines are still being printed in America; many of them are not only superior in quality, they will last in terms of production values. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "The Letter Scene", one of Susan Sontag's last short stories, which appears in published form for the very first time. It has never appeared in book form. Beautifully written in gnomic fragments that re-create the ardent, dramatic, and even operatic act of writing a letter. The letter "scenes" that Sontag evokes are moments of declaration, of strong emotion or intent, of love or hate or both. The fragments, some very brief, others much longer, rise and ebb, with the author/narrator begging for more letters until the very last sentences: "I will hold it to the light. I will magnify it with my love" (Susan Sontag). A "must-have" title for Susan Sontag completists. This Issue is no longer available from the publisher, bookstores or online and is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the most beautiful copy of a very elusive issue we have ever seen. A rare 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). $80.00

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