A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1994
“Superb novelists deserve first-rate literary analysis. Cynthia Ozick has found such critics . . . most recently in Elaine Kauvar, whose present work is simultaneously a profound contribution to Ozick interpretation and an astonishingly readable account of the novelist’s ideas and artistic manner. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice
“ . . . comprehensive and beautifully written . . . ” —Studies in the Novel
“ . . . an indispensible work of scholarship. . . . Cynthia Ozick’s Fiction, in sum, demonstrates an astute and comprehensive grasp of both Ozick’s writings and the vast store of writings that influence her . . . a definitive and indispensible study . . . ” —American Literature
“ . . . a rare combination of painstaking scholarship with dazzling critical intelligence and inventiveness.” —Edward Alexander
“ . . . Elaine Kauvar’s comprehensive and beautifully written study of Cynthia Ozick’s fiction should be welcomed as a heroic counter-cultural manifesto, both in what she says and in the elegance with which she says it.” —Congress Monthly
Looking beyond the stereotype of Ozick’s work as American-Jewish literature, Kauvar illuminates the intricacies of Ozick’s texts and explores the dynamics of her creativity. Kauvar provides readings of all of Ozick’s fiction from her first published novel, Trust, through The Messiah of Stockholm.