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Ozick, Cynthia. THE SHAWL: A STORY AND NOVELLA. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 56 pages. Fine.

Landmark collection of the author's novellas. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run for use by the writer and publisher only. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Cynthia Ozick. Without DJ, as issued. "The Shawl" and "Rosa" were included in the annual Best American Short Stories Series, awarded First Prizes in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories and anthologized countless times. They are finally brought together beautifully in this single-volume edition. Few contemporary writers have explored the subject of loneliness as well as personal identity (which the author sees as inescapably linked with one's historical and ethnic roots) with as much tenderness and insight as Cynthia Ozick has. 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 truly lovely book, this is a "must-have" edition for Cynthia Ozick completists. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Cynthia Ozick. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for almost twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is one of a handful of Uncorrected Proof copies still available online and is in fine condition: It is has no tears or inscriptions, and all of the internal pages are clean, crisp, and bright, an unread collector's copy. A very scarce signed 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). $100.00

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