Cynthia Ozick papers
The Cynthia Ozick papers consist of correspondence, writings, printed materials, sound recordings, and personal papers that document Ozick's professional and personal activities. The bulk of the papers range in date from Ozick's youth to the library's acquisition of the papers in 2021. Correspondents include Edward Alexander, Saul Bellow, Leon Edel, Irving Feldman, Merrill Joan Gerber, Irving Howe, Susanne Klingenstein, Gordon Lish, Norman Mailer, Oscar Mandel, Amos Oz, Burton Raffel, Abraham Regelson, Philip Roth, Myra Sklarew, John Updike, Helen Weinberg, and Elie Wiesel.
- circa 1900-2021
- Ozick, Cynthia (Author)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Boxes 317-318 (videocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 319 (microfilm): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 320 and 326 (optical disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 321-322: Restricted until 2098.
Box 323-324 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Cynthia Ozick Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Melanie Jackson Agency, LLC, on the Sinclair Lewis Fund and the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2021.
Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1931-2021. II. Writings, 1950-2021. III. Printed Materials, 1921-2019. IV. Sound Recordings, 1976-2016. V. Personal and Other Papers, circa 1900-2021.
286.65 Linear Feet (329 boxes + 1 broadside)
Language of Materials
Cynthia Ozick (1928-)
Cynthia Ozick (born April 17, 1928), a fiction writer and essayist, was born in New York City and grew up in the borough of the Bronx. She attended New York University and received an M.A. in literature from Ohio State University. She was married to Bernard Hallote from 1952 until his death in 2017.
Ozick’s fictional works often center on Jewish American themes and Jewish history. Her essays comment on politics, history, literature, and writing craft and have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York review of books, and The New York Times book review. Ozick has won several prominent awards for both fiction and non-fiction, including four first place O. Henry Prizes for short stories; a National Book Critics Circle Award for her essay collection Quarrel & quandary (2000); and a National Humanities Medal. She has been described so often as “the Athena of American letters” that the phrase is of indeterminate coinage. Her better-known works include the short story collection The Pagan rabbi and other stories (1971); the short story “The Shawl” (1980; extended and published as a novella in 1989); the novel The Puttermesser papers (1997); the essay collections Metaphor & memory (1989) and Portrait of the artist as a bad character: and other essays on writing (1996).
- Alexander, Edward, 1936-
- American literature -- 20th century
- American literature -- 21st century
- Audiocassettes -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors and publishers -- United States
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives
- Authors, American -- 21st century -- Archives
- Bellow, Saul, 1915-2005
- Born digital -- United States -- 21st century
- Edel, Leon, 1907-1997
- Feldman, Irving, 1928-
- Howe, Irving, 1920-1993
- Jewish women authors
- Klingenstein, Susanne, 1959-
- Lish, Gordon
- Mailer, Norman, 1923-2007
- Mandel, Oscar
- Oz, Amos, 1939-
- Ozick, Cynthia
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographs -- United States -- 21st century
- Raffel, Burton
- Regelson, Abraham, 1896-1981
- Roth, Philip
- Sklarew, Myra
- Sound recordings
- Updike, John, 1932-2009
- Weinberg, Helen, 1927-2012
- Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016
- Guide to the Cynthia Ozick Papers
- Michael L. Forstrom
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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