Ozick, Cynthia

Ozick, Cynthia,

1928–, American writer, b. New York City, grad. New York Univ. (B.A., 1949), Ohio State Univ. (M.A., 1950). Her fiction, written with high intelligence, elegant incisiveness, and sharp, frequently satiric wit, is mainly concerned with facets of Jewish life and thought including the Holocaust and its legacy, the Jewish presence in contemporary life, and Jewish mysticism and legend. Ozick's novels began with the lengthy Trust (1966) and continued with The Cannibal Galaxy (1983), The Messiah of Stockholm (1987), The Shawl (1989), The Puttermesser Papers (1997), Heir to the Glimmering World (2004), and Foreign Bodies (2010). Her collections of short fiction are The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories (1971), Bloodshed and Three Novellas (1976), Levitation: Five Fictions (1982), and Dictation: A Quartet (2008). Ozick's literary criticism and other intellectually rigorous essays have been collected in Art and Ardor (1983), Metaphor and Memory (1989), Fame and Folly (1996), Quarrel and Quandary (2000), The Din in the Head (2006), and Critics, Monsters, Fanatics and Other Literary Essays (2016). Early in her career Ozick published poetry, and in her later years she has written plays.


See studies by H. Bloom, ed. (1986), S. Pinsker (1987), J. Lowin (1988), V. E. Kielsky (1989), L. S. Friedman (1991), E. M. Kauvar (1993), S. B. Cohen (1994), V. H. Strandberg (1994), and D. Fargione (2005).

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Ozick, Cynthia (b. Hallote)

(1928–  ) writer; born in New York City. She studied at New York University (B.A. 1949), and Ohio State University (M.A. 1950). She worked as an advertising copywriter in Boston (1952–53), taught at New York University (1964–65), and was artist-in-residence at City College (1981–82). She lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., and wrote novels, short stories, essays, literary criticism, and translations. She is known for her mystical and supernatural fiction that often draws on Judaic law and history, as in The Pagan Rabbi, and Other Stories (1971), and Levitation: Five Fictions (1982).
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References in periodicals archive ?
Ozick, Cynthia. "Delmore Schwartz: The Willed Abortion of the Self." In The Din in the Head.
Ozick, Cynthia. "Envy; Or, Yiddish in America," in The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories.