Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was an American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist. She published her first major work, the essay “Notes on ‘Camp'”, in 1964. Her best-known works include On Photography,Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover, and In America.
Susan married Philip Rieff at the age of 17. After a 10-day courtship their marriage lasted eight years. After completing her Master of Arts in philosophy, she began doctoral research into metaphysics, ethics, Greek philosophy and Continental philosophy and theology at Harvard.The philosopher Herbert Marcuse lived with Susan and Philip for a year while working on his 1955 book Eros and Civilization. Susan studied the German thinkers. She researched and contributed to Rieff’s 1959 study Freud: The Mind of the Moralist prior to their divorce in 1958. The couple had a son, David.