One of America's foremost novelists and critics, Cynthia Ozick has won praise and provoked debate for taking on challenging literary, historical, and moral issues. Her new collection of spirited essays focuses on the essential joys of great literature, with particular emphasis on the novel.
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"Starred Review. .... over three decades ago, the din in Cynthia Ozick's head has been worth listening toeven if you don't agree with her conclusions .... If this collection is not the strongest of the four she has published, Ozick's is a strikingly independent and articulate voice ..." - PW.
"Criticism is a difficult form, and Ozick practices it with passionate curiosity, discernment, and pleasure in both rigorous thinking and the crafting of decisive and scintillating prose." - Booklist.
"Erudition lightly worn, eloquence finely crafted." - Kirkus.
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Cynthia Ozick was born in Manhattan and has lived in the New
York City area most of her life. She attended Hunter College High School,
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University with honors in English, and
holds a masters degree from Ohio State University. She lives in Westchester
County and is married to Bernard Hallote, a retired lawyer. Their daughter,
Rachel S. Hallote, an archaeologist, is the director of the Jewish studies
program at the State University of New York at Purchase.
She is acclaimed for her many works of fiction and criticism. She was a finalist for the National Book Award for her previous novel, The Puttermesser Papers, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles ...
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