Quarrel & Quandary

Essays

By Cynthia Ozick
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375724459, 272pp.)

Publication Date: November 13, 2001

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Quarrel & Quandary showcases the manifold talents of one of our leading and award-winning critics and essayists.

In nineteen opulent essays, Cynthia Ozick probes Dostoevsky for insights into the Unabomber, questions the role of the public intellectual, and dares to wonder what poetry is. She roams effortlessly from Kafka to James, Styron to Stein, and, in the book's most famous essay, dissects the gaudy commercialism that has reduced Anne Frank to "usable goods." Courageous, audacious, and sublime, these essays have the courage of conviction, the probing of genius, and the durable audacity to matter.




About the Author
Author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, Cynthia Ozick is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, Harper's, and elsewhere.


Praise For Quarrel & Quandary

"Her best collection to date."
--The Boston Globe

"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."
--John Sutherland, The New York Times Book Review

"Full of arresting turns of phraseƉ. Even when you disagree with her, she electrifies your mind."
--The New York Times

"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."
--John Sutherland, The New York Times Book Review

"
Full of arresting turns of phrase... Even when you disagree with her, she electrifies your mind."
--The New York Times

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