‘Sontag: Essays of the 1960s & 70s’

Instantly recognizable by her streak of white hair, Susan Sontag was a provocative and influential critic. Now, about nine years after her death, Library of America has published “Sontag: Essays of the 1960s & ’70s,” a volume that gathers up some of her best-known works including “Illness as Metaphor” and “On Photography.” In a previously uncollected essay about feminism, Sontag offers what might be her take on Sheryl Sandberg’s exhortation to “lean in.” A “liberated” woman, Sontag writes, should lead the “fullest, freest, and most imaginative life she can” and her “good relations with men must not be bought at the price of betraying her sisters.”


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