- The Washington Times - Monday, January 28, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Author Susan Sontag's literary archive, including essays, film scripts and diaries, was purchased by the UCLA Library, the university announced Saturday.
An anonymous alumna of the University of California at Los Angeles donated $1.1 million to purchase the works from Miss Sontag, the Los Angeles Times reported. UCLA would not confirm the report.
Miss Sontag celebrates her 69th birthday today. She was raised in Tucson, Ariz., and Los Angeles but lived for more than four decades in New York.
Her first choice for placement of her archive would have been the New York Public Library.
However, "I am delighted that my papers archive is going to UCLA, thereby renewing an old connection with Southern California," Miss Sontag said in a statement issued by the university.
"I have only my apartment in New York, and I've saved a lot of stuff, so I have a Manhattanite's space problem," she said. "Money isn't the main consideration, but I go through long periods when I don't make any money. This is something that will support me for a couple of years."
The archive also included Miss Sontag's personal library and still photographs that documented the creation of four foreign art films Miss Sontag wrote and directed between 1969 and 1983.
"Susan Sontag is one of the most important American literary figures of the second half of the 20th century," said university librarian Gloria Werner. "These materials complement our other strong holdings of the papers of major contemporary writers and will be used by scholars at UCLA and worldwide who seek to better understand literature and the roles that it, and the writer, play in modern society."
The materials will arrive at UCLA next month.
Miss Sontag won the National Book Award for fiction in 2000 for "In America" and received the Jerusalem Prize in 2001 for her body of work.
The honor is considered second only to the Nobel Prize in literary prestige.
Her first collection of essays, "Against Interpretation," was published in 1996 and was considered a modern classic for its discussion of the arts and contemporary culture.
Miss Sontag, a human rights activist, from 1987-89 served as president of the American Center of Pen, an international writers organization dedicated to the advancement of literature and freedom of expression.
UCLA purchased the archive at a time of increased competition among U.S. university libraries for literary collections.
For poet Allen Ginsberg's manuscripts, Stanford University in 1994 paid a reported $980,000, one of the largest amounts paid for an archive of a living author.

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