Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Susan SONTAG

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“SUSAN SONTAG’S ESSAYS ARE GREAT INTERPRETATIONS, AND EVEN FULFILLMENTS, OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON” (CARLOS FUENTES)

SONTAG, Susan. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). Octavo, original white cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of Sontag’s best critical writings from 1961 to 1965 dealing extensively with literature, theater, and film, signed on the half title by Susan Sontag.

The essays in this work, both explicitly and in practice, address the role of the critic. Here, Sontag argues that interpretive criticism should stop stifling creativity and instead demonstrate how the work “is what it is” rather than attempt to show what it means. Discussing film, theater, and literature, this collection of essays deals with works by artists from Bresson to Lukács to Arthur Miller and attempts to rescue figures and subjects that might otherwise have been destined for obscurity. Sontag “has come to symbolize the writer and thinker in many variations: as analyst, rhapsodist, and roving eye, as public scold and portable conscience” (Time). “Susan Sontag is a writer of rare energy and provocative newness” (The Nation).

Book near-fine, with light marginal embrowning as always and light foxing to very edges of cloth. Dust jacket near-fine, with small rub mark and faint toning. A handsome copy, scarce signed.

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