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A Creator of Inwardness

January 16, 2014 | by

Photograph by Peter Hujar.

Photograph by Peter Hujar.

Susan Sontag was born today in 1933.


Is it old-fashioned to think that the purpose of literature is to educate us about life?


Well, it does educate us about life. I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t understand what I understand, were it not for certain books. I’m thinking of the great question of nineteenth-century Russian literature: how should one live? A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.

—Susan Sontag, the Art of Fiction No. 143




  1. Susan | January 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful remembrance.

  2. Susan | January 17, 2014 at 1:15 am

    In a small tribute to Susan Sontag, today’s poem, “Inwardness,” is HERE:

  3. elisabeth guss | January 18, 2016 at 1:27 am

    She was something special.

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