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The Din In The Head

Cynthia Ozick


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One of America's foremost novelists and critics, Cynthia Ozick has won praise and provoked debate for taking on challenging literary, historical, and moral issues. In her spirited essay collection The Din in the Head, she focuses on the essential joys of great literature. With razor-sharp wit and an inspiring joie de vivre, Ozick investigates unexpected byways in the works of Leo Tolstoy, Saul Bellow, Helen Keller, Isaac Babel, Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, and Henry James, among others. Throughout this bracing collection, she celebrates the curative power of the literary imagination.

Praise For The Din In The Head

"This essay collection on the joys of literature presents [Ozick] at the height of her critical powers...Highly recommended." Library Journal

"Rich and varied...Erudition lightly worn, eloquence finely crafted." Kirkus Reviews

"Over three decades, the din in Cynthia Ozick's head has been worth listening to." --Daphne Merkin Publishers Weekly

"Open the collection anywhere -- I guarantee it -- and you will feel the bite of her distinctive voice." --Sven Birkerts Los Angeles Times

"The passion that fills these essays is invigorating. In our age of irony and commercial pandering, we need writers like Ozick." --Danielle Chapman The Chicago Tribune —

Mariner Books, 9780618872589, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2007

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. She lives in New York.