Susan Sontag

A highly respected American essayist and novelist, Susan Sontag was born in New York City in 1933. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley; The University of Chicago; Harvard - where she received two M.A. degrees, one in english and the other in philosophy—St Anne's College, Oxford; and the Sorbonne. She has said her desire is to be an écrivain, what the French call someone whose profession is a writer without specialization. Among her books are Against interpretation, and other essays, 1966; AIDS and its metaphors, 1989; The Benefactor, a novel, 1963; Death kit, 1967; I, etcetera, 1978; Illness as Metaphor, 1978; On Photography, 1977; Styles of Radical Will, 1969; and The Volcano Lover, a novel. Alice in Bed is her first play.