New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's evergreen cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine stamped in white, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The serenity and the transcendence of self that you found are to me exemplary. You showed that it is not necessary to be unhappy, even while one is clear-eyed and undeluded about how terrible everything is. Somewhere you said that a writer — delicately you added: all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource" (from "A Letter to Borges"). Stated first edition of major American writer, critic, and thinker Susan Sontag's last collection of essays. Published only three years before her death and 35 years after her first collection, the modern classic Against Interpretation, Sontag’s final collection explores a wide variety of subjects, including film, literature, photography, and more in the acerbic voice and with the sharp wit that established her career. Jacket design by Susan Mitchell; author photo to rear flap by Annie Leibovitz, Sontag's romantic partner. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #2345