Posted on 05/13/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ready for another true-authorship story? We hope so!

Right after we shared the Guardian’s article on how Ernest Hemingway (accidentally or intentionally) mimicked a friend’s stories, the newspaper posted a piece on how Susan Sontag actually wrote a book credited to her husband.

Benjamin Moser’s upcoming biography — Sontag: Her Life — relies on off-limits parts of Sontag’s archive and interviews with relatives and friends to unveil her true contribution to Philip Rieff’s Freud: The Mind of the Moralist.

Rieff’s research and notes serve as the base for the book, argues Moser, but Sontag did the heavy lifting of the writing and only relinquished her claims to any authorship to prevent Rieff from taking their son in their divorce.

Sontag: Her Life will be published in September.

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