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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. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run for use by the writer and publisher only. There is no ISBN. The Uncorrected Proof is now rare. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Cynthia Ozick. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its earliest, pre-publication format, Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl". Masterpiece. "The Shawl" and "Rosa" were both 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 to 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. 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. An absolute "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Cynthia Ozick. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of a handful of Uncorrected Proof copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare 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 American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CYNTHIA OZICK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $50.00

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