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Cynthia Ozick

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This is a brief discussion of Cynthia Ozick and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Ozick.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Ozick: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Ozick tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Ozick worthy; in sum, to help you rank Cynthia Ozick (and the works by Ozick listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Cynthia Ozick

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Cynthia Ozick Resources

Cynthia Ozick Resources on the Web

Ozick is a noted author in the mainstream world; nonetheless, there seems no dedicated Ozick web site. Fortunately, the critical cup overfloweth anyway. Probably the best starting place for a critical examination is the typically complete Cynthia Ozick page at The Complete Review. Another good resource is the lengthy essay on Ozick by Joseph Lowin at The Jewish Virtual Library (which includes a useful bibliography of print articles about Ozick). Yet another useful critical analysis is “Cynthia Ozick, Aesthete” by Stanford Pinsker at the Partisan Review. And there is a useful critical analysis of Ozick at eNotes.

A review of Ozick’s essay collection The Din in the Head [archived copy], by Barrett Hathcock at Quarterly Conversation, also contributes to a general understanding of Ozick’s fiction. And yet a still further critical resource is the dissertation “Cynthia Ozick and Jewish literature: A reader”, by Daniela Fargione (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Another article of possible interest is Cynthia Ozick by Lizzy Ratner in The New York Observer.

A most utile “selective bibliography” of further Ozick analysis and criticism [archived copy] (with links to many) appears at the Literary History site.

And, of course, there are the inevitable one-off book reviews and the interviews.

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Cynthia Ozick Resources in Print

There are at least these:

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Cynthia Ozick **

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