I Create Myself...

This month's Literary Review (Dec/Jan) has a review by Elaine Showalter on the late Susan Sontag's illuminating and inspiring diaries, Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1964 (Hamish Hamilton 336pp £16.99). Although I would question anyone who declared that they create themselves wholly Sontag's diaries will be going on my to-read list. What I found touching was the fact that Sontag did not keep a diary for 1951 - 2, because, as Showalter points out, 'she was depressed, suffering from constant migraines, (and) despairing of her future'. Now there's a nugget of identification.

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