Cynthia Ozick


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Cynthia Ozick (born April 17, 1928) is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist.

Cynthia Shoshana Ozick was born in New York City, the second of two children. She moved to the Bronx with her Russian-born parents, Celia (Regelson) and William Ozick, proprietors of the Park View Pharmacy in the Pelham Bay neighborhood. As a girl, Ozick helped to deliver prescriptions.... more »

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  • ''After a certain number of years our faces become our biographies. We get to be responsible for our faces.''
    Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), U.S. novelist, short-story writer. Interview, in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society's logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap.''
    Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), U.S. novelist, short-story writer. "The Hole/Birth Catalog," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Francine Klagsbrun (1972).
  • I'm not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called "scientific" mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are...
    Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), U.S. novelist, short-story writer. "We Are the Crazy Lady and Other Feisty Feminist Fables," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Franci...
  • ''In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.''
    Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), U.S. novelist, short-story writer. "We Are the Crazy Lady and Other Feisty Feminist Fables," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Franci...
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