If every outlet for book criticism suddenly disappeared-if all we had were reviews that treated books like any other commodity-could the novel survive? In a gauntlet throwing essay at the start of this brilliant assemblage, Cynthia Ozick stakes the claim that, just as surely as critics require a steady supply of new fiction, novelists need great critics to build a vibrant community on the foundation of literary history. For decades, Ozick herself has been one of our great critics, as these essays so clearly display. She offers models of critical analysis of writers from the mid-twentieth century to today, from Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, and Kafka, to William Gass and Martin Amis, all assembled in provocatively named groups: Fanatics, Monsters, Figures, and others. Uncompromising and brimming with insight, these essays are essential reading for anyone facing the future of literature in the digital age.
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by Cynthia Ozick
by Jane Kirkpatrick
by Carolyn Costin, Gwen Schubert Grabb, Babette Rothschild
by Dr. Helen Odessky
by Margaret Shepherd, Sharon Hogan
by Pat Shipman
by Amy-Jill Levine
by Ann Boroch
by Valerie Porr
by Lisa M. Shulman, M.D.
"This audiobook will open doors. For listeners familiar with Cynthia Ozick's brilliant criticism, these essays affirm that status. For those unfamiliar with Ozick's criticism, this audiobook serves as an excellent introduction. Although narrator Donna Postel doesn't sound like Ozick, whose actual voice is as memorable as her writing, Postel's performance brings out the author's literary voice with the right mix of wit, inflection, and hyperbole. In doing so, Postel's varied yet consistently low-key delivery complements the wide range of topics the book covers, including Ozick's perspectives on a variety of authors such as Saul Bellow, Martin Amis, and Franz Kafka. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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