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Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays

Nonfiction: Literacy
Unabridged   7.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/05/2016

Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681680484
Digital Download ISBN:9781681680491


In a collection that includes new essays written explicitly for this volume, one of our sharpest and most influential critics confronts the past, present, and future of literary culture.

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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.


"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." —AudioFile Earphones Award

"Ardent readers will feel elated and affirmed by Ozick's passion, knowledge, insight, virtuoso style, and personal disclosures." —Booklist Starred Review

"Rigorously intellectual." —Kirkus

"[Cynthia Ozick's] attack on the twin fallacies of the 'Kafkaesque' and of Kafka's 'transcendence' of his Jewishness should be required reading for all literature students." —New York Times

Author Bio

Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She 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.