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: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP10851167
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9936329
Book Description Knopf, 1989. Book Condition: Fair. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94981442
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I5N00
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I3N00
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I3N10
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I3N10
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0394566254I3N00
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. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2734417006