Against Interpretation; and Other Essays

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 316 pp. Near fine / near fine. Item #SB0343

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) almost defined the values and issues of the sixties, and in fact she has sometimes been referred to as "one of the most influential critics of her generation" (n.b., per Wiki).

This work, "Against Interpretation", contains many of her best-known essays, written between 1961 and 1965, including the one which serves as the book's title. The book would become a finalist for the National Book Award, and was acclaimed upon publication as "a vivid bit of living history here and now, and at the end of the sixties it may well rank among the invaluable cultural chronicles of these years...Miss Sontag has written a ponderable, vivacious, beautifully living and quite astonishingly American book" (n.b., quote from Benjamin DeMott of The New York Times).

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full white cloth over boards, red and black lettering stamped onto the spine, top edge stained red, black endpapers, each essay opens with a large black initial capital; octavo size (8 1/4" by 5 5/8"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-[xii] [1-3] 4-304. Publisher's dust jacket shows the original price of $4.95, front panel with design in red and purple that extends to the spine, both with black lettering, back panel with black-and-white photograph of the author, both flaps with summary of the book.

___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards free of wear or soiling, top corners gently bumped and bottom corners perfectly straight, all without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some even toning to the text pages (as seems common for this publication) and a scattering of foxing to the binding, mostly on the edges of the boards. The unclipped dust jacket also near fine, unsunned with the red on the spine as deep as on the front, a bit of dustiness to the white background, and exceedingly light edgewear. Overall a wonderful example.

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Price: $200.00

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