A Cynthia Ozick Reader

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Poetry - 322 pages
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"[Ozick's] range of influences is obvious in the fine selections of poems and short stories as well as essays from ¬Art & Ardor (1983) and ¬Metaphor and Memory (1989) that Kauvar has so sensitively chosen." —Booklist

"[This collection reflects] the imaginative, inventive, and insightful Ozick. Some of the best of Ozick as poet, essayist, and fiction writer is represented in ¬A Cynthia Ozick Reader." —Library Journal

"Gathered here are some bristling, incandescent tales and thorny essays that show Ozick at her finest." —The Seattle Times

Cynthia Ozick is among the ten most important writers in North America today. This ¬Reader brings her manifold talents together in a sampler of the many genres she explores. The poems, stories, and essays in this collection burst with all the energy of her capacious imagination. For those who have always lauded her, the ¬Reader offers a representative selection; those new to Cynthia Ozick's work will revel in the discovery of a major writer.

 

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Contents

Greeks
3
The Fish in the
4
The Seventeen Questions of Rabbi Zusya
6
Footnote to Lord Acton
7
Commuters Train through Harlem
8
Caryatid
9
When that with tragic rapture Moses stood
10
FICTION
13
Her Work History Her Ancestry Her Afterlife
125
Puttermesser and Xanthippe
137
At Fumicaro
193
A Madwoman and Her Nurse
225
Justice Again to Edith Wharton
248
2 Literature and the Politics
267
The Lesson of the Master
273
Washington Square 1946
279

a selection from Trust
15
Envy or Yiddish in America
20
Virility
64
A Mercenary
100
The Return to Aural Culture
285
Crocodiled Moats in the Kingdom of Letters
306
A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
315
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ELAINE M. KAUVAR is Professor of English at Baruch College (CUNY). She is the author of Cynthia Ozick's Fiction: Tradition and Invention.

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