Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag (born Susan Rosenblatt, January 16, 1933 - December 28, 2004) was an American writer and political activist. Sontag was born in New York City to Jewish parents.[1] She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and later in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[change | change source]

Sontag married writer Philip Rieff when she was 17. Sontag taught freshman English at the University of Connecticut for the 1952–53 academic year.

Career[change | change source]

Sontag's first book, The Benefactor, was published in 1966. Her first film Duett för kannibaler was released in 1969. In 2000 she won the National Book Award.

Personal life[change | change source]

She was openly bisexual.[2] She married writer Philip Rieff (1922-2006) in 1950. Her only child is writer David Rieff (born 1952). The couple divorced in 1959. She was also partners with Cuban playwright María Irene Fornés.

Death[change | change source]

She died of leukemia in New York City. She is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, France.

References[change | change source]

  1. The fiery words of Susan Sontag
  2. Finding fact from fiction