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Cynthia Ozick

Author of The Shawl: A Story and Novella

49+ Works 5,461 Members 127 Reviews 23 Favorited

About the Author

Writer Cynthia Ozick was born on April 17, 1928. She grew up in the Bronx and attended New York University, where she earned a B. A., and The Ohio State University, where she completed her master's degree in English literature with a specific focus on Henry James's works. Ozick wrote the novel show more Trust, and the short stories "The Sense of Europe", which was published in Prairie Schooner, and "The Shawl", which was included in The World of the Short Story. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Partisan Review, and Esquire. Ozick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Harold Straus Living Award from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters. Three of her stories won first prize in the O. Henry competition. In 1986, she was selected as the first winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. In 2000, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Quarrel & Quandary. Her novel Heir to the Glimmering World (2004) won high literary praise. Ozick was on the shortlist for the 2005 Man Booker International Prize, and in 2008 she was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award and the PEN/Malamud Award, which was established by Bernard Malamud¿s family to honor excellence in the art of the short story. Her novel Foreign Bodies was shortlisted for the Orange Prize (2012). (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Cynthia Ozick

Heir to the Glimmering World (2004) 742 copies
The Puttermesser Papers (1997) 737 copies
Foreign bodies (2010) 435 copies
The Messiah of Stockholm (1987) 365 copies
Quarrel & quandary : essays (2000) 227 copies
Dictation: A Quartet (2008) 192 copies
The Best American Essays 1998 (1998) — Editor; Introduction — 191 copies
Metaphor & memory : essays (1989) 175 copies
The Cannibal Galaxy (1983) 155 copies
Fame & Folly: Essays (1996) 145 copies
Levitation (1982) 132 copies
Art and Ardor (1983) 125 copies
The Din in the Head (2006) 115 copies
Trust (1977) 110 copies
Bloodshed and Three Novellas (1976) 103 copies
Antiquities (2021) 96 copies
Collected Stories (2006) 55 copies
A Cynthia Ozick Reader (1996) 45 copies
The Shawl {story} (1991) — Author — 22 copies
Seymour Adelman, 1906-1985: A Keepsake (1985) — Contributor — 4 copies
Seize the Day 4 copies
Metáfora y memoria (2016) 4 copies
Virilidad (2011) 3 copies
Vagalumes e parasitas (2005) 2 copies
Rosa {novella} (1983) — Author — 2 copies
Di chi è Anne Frank? (2019) 1 copy
Verdensarvingen (2006) 1 copy
The Cossacks 1 copy
The Bear Boy 1 copy
Sal (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

Washington Square (1880) — Introduction, some editions — 4,369 copies
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 1,549 copies
The Sunflower (1997) — Contributor — 1,129 copies
Collected Stories (1929) — Introduction, some editions — 1,054 copies
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 773 copies
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 742 copies
The Awkward Age (1899) — Introduction, some editions — 721 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 499 copies
The Complete Works of Isaac Babel (2002) — Introduction, some editions — 493 copies
The Best American Essays 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 469 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 460 copies
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributor — 408 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 351 copies
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 231 copies
The Best American Essays 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 212 copies
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributor — 189 copies
The Best American Essays 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 184 copies
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 180 copies
The Lost Childhood, A World War II Memoir (1989) — Introduction — 168 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 162 copies
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Best American Essays 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 154 copies
Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust (1992) — Foreword, some editions — 152 copies
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contributor — 128 copies
The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction (1992) — Contributor — 124 copies
Growing Up Jewish: An Anthology (1970) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Best American Essays 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 121 copies
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Granta Book of the American Long Story (1822) — Contributor — 98 copies
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Contributor — 86 copies
Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex (1999) — Contributor — 85 copies
Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust (1995) — Contributor — 79 copies
The Best American Essays 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981) — Contributor — 35 copies
The worlds of Maurice Samuel: Selected writings (1977) — Foreword, some editions — 32 copies
Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976) — Contributor — 15 copies
American Review #23 (1975) — Contributor — 4 copies

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I enjoyed this, but after some years since reading it, I don't recall enough to discuss it.
 
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mykl-s | 11 other reviews | Aug 13, 2023 |
I think incessantly of death, of oblivion, how nothing lasts, not even memory when the one who remembers is gone… 


I remember nothing. I remember everything. I believe everything. I believe nothing.


If there were ever any doubt that Ozick is a master storyteller, here’s your proof.



Do yourself a favor and skip the blurb; don’t read the synopsis. Let Petrie’s fictional monologue take you over; let yourself get to know him, his regrets, his idiosyncrasies, his losses, his attempts at connection with others. 



Imagine an interior monologue—shaped just as America shakes off the first half of the twentieth century—that is an examination of the shackles of memory, a questioning of who "owns" whose history and legacy, and a laying bare of the guilt involved in carrying your own and others' stories into the next generation.

Imagine this told with the baroque stylings of James within a Proustian project of aging, of facing both one’s mortality and the death of an age, wherein Dreyfus makes an appearance and for which fans of Bolano’s slim monologues and Marias’s own Jamesian verbosities will salivate at the mouth. 



Do yourself another favor and read this all in one gulp.
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proustitute | 5 other reviews | Apr 2, 2023 |
I didn’t really understand it, but I liked it anyway, it was very enjoyable to read, the writing was almost like poetry. My first Ozick novel, I’ll have to try another.
 
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steve02476 | 5 other reviews | Jan 3, 2023 |
I'm not sure why, but this story failed to connect with me. I guess it felt like there wasn't anything there that hadn't been seen before. The level of involvement with the characters was too shallow for me to feel anything but a general angst (which I always feel when this subject is broached). It was sad, but in the way that knowing this happened to people is sad, not in the specific way that I wanted to find. There was no one character I could relate to in a closer way. Perhaps for me a short story is just too short to convey this level of horror.
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