1st Printing. Signed. 283 pages. Published in 1989. The author's second collection of essays. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. Review Copy. Review Materials laid-in. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Cynthia Ozick's "Metaphor & Memory". Thirty essays by Cynthia Ozick, 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 Henry James (her single greatest obsession), Chekhov, Cyril Connolly, Italo Calvino, William Gaddis, Saul Bellow, J. M. Coetzee, and some of the most acute essays on Jewish culture, identity, and heritage ever written. 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. 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). An absolute "must-have" title for Cynthia Ozick collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-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 a Review Copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing, Eliot Fremont-Smith's no less, the influential literary critic, indicated as such on the Review Material laid-in, 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. 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 0394566254. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: From the author of The Messiah of Stockholm and Art and Ardor comes a new collection of supple, provocative, and intellectually dazzling essays. In Metaphor & Memory, Cynthia Ozick writes about Saul Bellow and Henry James, William Gaddis and Primo Levi. She observes the tug-of-war between written and spoken language and the complex relation between art's contrivances and its moral truths. She has given us an exceptional book that demonstrates the possibilities of literature even as it explores them.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover: "As an essayist, Cynthia Ozick is a very good storyteller. Her arguments are plots....They twist and turn, digress, slow down and speed up, surprise with sudden illuminations.... She likes to spin and sparkle.... Insight, feeling, and the writer's art come together."-- The New York Times Book Review
"Plenitude...[a] brilliant collection of essays....daring but wholly persuasive." -- Chicago Tribune
"To read Cynthia Ozick is to be borne along by a mind passionately and intellectually engaged." -- Newsday
Title: METAPHOR & MEMORY: ESSAYS - Rare Fine Review...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Book Condition: Fair. N/A. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP82502997
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92075001
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Bookseller Inventory # 2651467740
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I5N00
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Book Condition: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: From the author of The Messiah of Stockholm and Art and Ardor comes a new collection of supple, provocative, and intellectually dazzling essays. In Metaphor & Memory, Cynthia Ozick writes about Saul Bellow and Henry James, William Gaddis and Primo Levi. She observes the tug-of-war between written and spoken language and the complex relation between art's contrivances and its moral truths. She has given us an exceptional book that demonstrates the possibilities of literature even as it explores them. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_usedgood_0394566254
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. This is a former library book with library stickers and stamps. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001236561
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 76527
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0394566254
Book Description Alfred A Knopf, NY, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st. 1st priniting; some ruffling from dampness, lite martinal stain on last few pages; dj w/unclipped price; 283 pages/index Size: 8 vo. Bookseller Inventory # 072853
Book Description Alfred A Knopf Inc, New York, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First edition hard cover with dust jacket, FINE/FINE. Crisp, tight, clean and unmarked. Dust jacket in new mylar cover. 283pp. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 22636