New Biography Claims Sontag Is True Author of Her Husband’s Book

New Biography Claims Sontag Is True Author of Her Husband’s Book

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A new biography on Susan Sontag, Sontag: Her Life and Work, makes the claim that Sontag was the true author of Freud: The Mind of the Moralist, previously credited to her husband Philip Rieff. Benjamin Moser, author of Sontag’s biography, compiled his research, spoke with old friends, and came to the conclusion that Sontag did not only co-author the work but wrote the whole thing. Yes, Reiff did the research. There is evidence that Sontag’s first husband, Philip Rieff, did the heavy lifting- researching and chronicling Freud’s life, but not the writing. The original 1959 version of the book credits Sontag with co-authoring, …