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The Shawl

The Shawl

by Cynthia Ozick

Just as you can’t grasp anything without an opposable thumb, you can’t write anything without the aid of metaphor. Metaphor is the mind’s opposable thumb.

Works Cited

Excerpts from THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, copyright © 1980, 1983 by Cynthia Ozick. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Friedman, Lawrence S. Understanding Cynthia Ozick. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Ozick, Cynthia. Interview with Dana Gioia for The Big Read. 9 August 2007.

---. The Shawl. 1989. New York: Random House, 1989.


Writer: Molly Thomas-Hicks for the National Endowment for the Arts

The Shawl is copyright © 1980 by Cynthia Ozick. Originally published in The New Yorker. From The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick (Vintage, 1990). Used by permission of Melanie Jackson Agency, L.L.C.

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