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Ozick, Cynthia. QUARREL & QUANDARY: ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 247 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth collection of essays. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents twenty essays on subjects as diverse as Franz Kafka and Henry James (her two greatest mentor/idols), Gertrude Stein, William Styron, and a highly controversial, quarrelsome essay on Anne Frank. She writes piercingly and critically, but always with an unself-conscious and un-indulgent sympathy for her subject, against her better judgment, and even while she is tearing him or her to shreds. "I urge all lovers of American prose to read it. Cynthia Ozick is, for my money, the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time. Her pieces have genuine durability. They are great essays" (The New York Times). 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. "Sympathy can be an offense against the truth" (Cynthia Ozick). A masterly 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 collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for "Fame & Folly". 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 0375410619. $30.00

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