Understanding Susan Sontag

Carl Rollyson (Author)

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$19.99  $18.39
University of South Carolina Press
Publish Date
March 10, 2020
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Carl Rollyson, professor of journalism at Baruch College, the City University of New York, is the author of A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan; A Private Life of Michael Foot; Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography; American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath; Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews; Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress; Lillian Hellman: Her Life and Legend; Beautiful Exile: The Life of Martha Gellhorn; Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic; and three studies of biography, A Higher Form of Cannibalism? Adventures in the Art and Politics of Biography, Biography: A User's Guide, and Confessions of a Serial Biographer.


"Rollyson's volume stands as the best work yet to involve Sontag with the fictive innovations of her era."

-- American Literary Scholarship
"In Understanding Susan Sontag, Carl Rollyson lucidly and critically engages Sontag's career as a writer, filmmaker, tastemaker, and theater director. This book will introduce Sontag to students at the same time that it brings new knowledge to more advanced readers. Of particular value to the specialist are the chapters on Sontag's posthumously published journals and an appendix that surveys Sontag's uncollected work. Rollyson's book makes an outstanding contribution to the Understanding Contemporary American Literature series by appealing to an audience of students, serious readers, and academics."--Barbara Ching, Iowa State University
"Understanding Susan Sontag is Carl Rollyson's third volume devoted to Sontag's life and career, and is in many ways the one most helpfully and sympathetically devoted to her writings, exploring the performative element of Sontag's writerly and cultural-critical vocation with surprising insight and eloquence. He retains his journalistic independence, takes interpretive and evaluative risks, but his compelling and productive fascination with her entire project is on view throughout." --Leland Poague, Iowa State University