Reborn

Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963

Susan Sontag; Edited by David Rieff

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"In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself."


The first of three volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, Reborn (1947-1963) reveals one of the most important thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, fully engaged in the act of self-invention. Beginning with a voracious and prodigious fourteen-year-old, Reborn ends as Sontag, age thirty, is finally living in New York as a published writer.

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"A fascinating document of Sontag's apprenticeship, charting her earnest quest for education, identity, and voice . . . What slowly emerges . . .  is a sense of Sontag's ferocious will. . . . She wanted to be a writer and would do almost anything to make that happen."--Darryl Pinckney, The New Yorker

"A portrait of the artist as a young omnivore, an earnest, tirelessly self-inspecting thinker fashioning herself into the phenomenon she will be . . . Her journal is her true first book, the story of a woman struggling with her consciousness."--Richard Lacayo, Time magazine

"A revelation . . . As do all the best critics, Sontag gave us new metaphors for how to read and see. Fabulously, surprisingly, Reborn shows she used that skill to understand her own pell-mell life."--John Freeman, NPR.org

"What's fascinating . . . is that the journal reveals and adolescent and, later, a young woman, in whom 'ambition'--in this case, an overpowering yearning to be surrounded by and immersed in literature and culture--vastly outeweighed, and seems to have overpowered, 'sexuality.' As she herself puts it in the last entry of this journal, 'intellectual wanting' was the equal of 'sexual wanting' "--Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Republic
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Susan Sontag; Edited by David Rieff

SUSAN SONTAG immediately became a major figure of our culture with the publication in 1966 of the pathbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation. She went on to write four novels, including the National Book Award-winning In America, as well as a collection of stories, several plays, and seven works of nonfiction. She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.

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Reborn
Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
Susan Sontag; Edited by David Rieff

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Picador
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428501
ISBN10: 0312428502
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374100742
ISBN10: 0374100748
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2009
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ISBN: 9781466812017
ISBN10: 146681201X
336 pages
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