Year 1933: Susan Sontag is born

Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004) was an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. She mostly wrote essays, but also published novels; she published her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964. Her best-known works include the critical works "Against Interpretation" (1966), "Styles of Radical Will" (1968), "On Photography" (1977), and "Illness as Metaphor" (1978), as well as the fictional works "The Way We Live Now" (1986), "The Volcano Lover" (1992), and "In America" (1999).

Sontag wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and communism and leftist ideology. Although her essays and speeches sometimes drew controversy, she has been described as "one of the most influential critics of her generation."

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