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Susan Sontag

(1933 - 2004)

At the age of fifteen the writer Susan Sontag noted in her diary that The Magic Mountain was “a book for all of one’s life.” Having received two MAs from Harvard University, in 1954 and 1955, she published her first novel, The Benefactor, in 1963 and her essay “Notes on Camp” in 1964. A prolific and versatile author celebrated for her cultural and social criticism, she died of cancer at the age of seventy-one in 2004.

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Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness.

—Susan Sontag, 1963

Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe—though we didn’t know it at the time.

—Susan Sontag, 1973

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

—Susan Sontag, 1977

A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family—and, often, is all that remains of it.

—Susan Sontag, 1977

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