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Ozick, Cynthia. FAME & FOLLY: ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 289 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's landmark third collection of essays. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents seventeen literary essays, ample proof, if proof were ever needed, that the author is not only a fine novelist and short-story writer, but also one of America's finest literary critics. Includes essays on T. S. Eliot, Henry James, Isaac Babel, Mark Twain, George Steiner, Saul Bellow, and Salman Rushdie, among many others. An Ozick essay is always cause for celebration. She writes piercingly and critically but always with an unself-conscious and unindulgent sympathy for her subject, against her better judgment, and even while she is tearing him or her to shreds. "Sympathy can be an offense against the truth" (Cynthia Ozick). Her mastery of the essay form is something that very few writers can command and most other writers can only envy. She is writing in three literary traditions simultaneously, all of them at the most profound level imaginable: The ancient Jewish, the modern European, and the Jamesian American. Hence, the dazzling allusiveness, poignant beauty, and sheer intensity of her work. A brilliant collection, this is a "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A very scarce copy thus. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996. Finalist for the National Book Award in 1997 for "The Puttermesser Papers". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for "Quarrel & Quandary". Recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. One of the greatest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CYNTHIA OZICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679446907. $40.00

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