Susan Sontag was elected a Fellow of the American Academy in 1993. Best known as a novelist and essayist—her books have been translated into thirty-two languages—she also composed stories and plays, wrote and directed movies, and worked as a theatre director in the United States and Europe. In 2000 she won the National Book Award for her novel “In America,” and in 2001 received the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work. This piece appeared in the Fall 2002 issue of “Dædalus.” She died in 2004.
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