Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

In America
Susan Sontag


The story of In America is inspired by the emigration to America in 1876 of Helena Modrzejewska, Poland’s most celebrated actress, accompanied by her husband, Count Karol Chlapowski, her fifteen-year-old son, Rudolf, the young journalist and future author of Quo Vadis, Henryk Sienkiewicz, and a few friends; their brief sojourn in Anaheim, California; and Modrzejewska’s subsequent triumphant career on the American stage under the name Helena Modjeska.

This novel was winner of the 2000 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Paperback, 400pp
Penguin Books, 2009 (1999)
ISBN 9780141190105