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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. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Cynthia Ozick's "Quarrel & Quandary". Essays on subjects as diverse as Franz Kafka and Henry James (her two greatest mentor/idols), Gertrude Stein, William Styron, and a 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. Her prose style - imbricated, brachiate, and filigreed, to borrow three of her own favorite words - is a paradox: The rush of metaphors arrives at and realizes a work of luminous beauty. "Sympathy can be an offense against the truth" (Cynthia Ozick). An absolute "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A 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 American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CYNTHIA OZICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375410619. $30.00

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