Susan Sontag (born January 28, 1933) is a well-known American essayist and novelist..
Sontag was in born in New York City, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended high school in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from the College of the University of Chicago and did graduate work in philosophy, literature, and theology at Harvard and Saint Anne's College, Oxford.
Sontag sparked controversy and later apologized for her remarks in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Sontag wrote, "Whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards."
On October 12, 2003, Sontag received the Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels (Peace Prize of the German Book Trade) during the Frankfurt Book Fair.