Susan Sontag (b.1933) was an American critic, novelist and public intellectual. Her work includes the essay collections Against Interpretation (1966), Styles of Radical Will (1969) and Where the Stress Falls (2001), as well as influential books on on photography (On Photography, 1977) and illness (Illness as Metaphor, 1978), and the National Book Award-winning novel In America (1999). Sontag championed many New Directions authors, including W.G. Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Robert Walser. She died in 2004.