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(2007) Cynthia Ozick’s Puttermesser Papers: From Whimsy to Wisdom.

Fans of Cynthia Ozick are likely already familiar with Ruth Puttermesser, whose highly educated, unlucky-in-love but rather mystical existence as a Jewish woman in New York City has been chronicled in previously published stories appearing occasionally through the years. collects the old stories, along with several new ones, combined to create a funny and surreal picaresque narrative, touching upon Puttermesser's job at a blueblood law firm, her creation and intellectual sparring with the golem she makes out of soil from her flowerpots, her term as mayor of New York, her own death by murder, and beyond.

With dashing originality and in prose that sings like an entire choir of sirens, Cynthia Ozick relates the life and times of her most compelling fictional creation. Ruth Puttermesser lives in New York City. Her learning is monumental. Her love life is minimal (she prefers pouring through Plato to romping with married Morris Rappoport). And her fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come true - with disastrous consequences for what we laughably call "reality."

Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of reforming the city - and manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also paradise lost. Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, is a tour de force by one of our most visionary novelists.

"The finest achievement of Ozick's career... It has all the buoyant integrity of a Chagall painting." -
"Fanciful, poignant... so intelligent, so finely expressed that, like its main character, it remains endearing, edifying, a spark of light in the gloom." -
"A crazy delight." -

“Cynthia Ozick’s Book of Creation: Puttermesser and Xanthippe.” Contemporary Literature 26, no.

The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick

“Cynthia Ozick: Fiction and the Jewish Idea.” Mid-stream 23 (August-September 1977): 76–81.

Cynthia Ozick was born in Manhattan and has lived in the NewYork City area most of her life. She attended Hunter College High School,graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University with honors in English, andholds a master’s degree from Ohio State University. She lives in WestchesterCounty and is married to Bernard Hallote, a retired lawyer. Their daughter,Rachel S. Hallote, an archaeologist, is the director of the Jewish studiesprogram at the State University of New York at Purchase.

She is acclaimed for her many works of fiction and criticism. She was a finalistfor the National Book Award for her previous novel, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by the and the Her most recent essay collection, won the 2001National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Ozick’s work has beentranslated into thirteen languages worldwide. Her classic novella was produced for the stage in New York, directed by Sidney Lumet.

Without question, Cynthia Ozick is among the major livingAmerican writers. She has published widely — beginning with the novel in 1966. Over the years she has written poems, short stories, essays, novels,and plays. Among them: (1971); (1983); (1983); (1987 (1989); (1989); (1992); (1994); and (1996). Her many awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and theMildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy and Instituteof Arts and Letters.

She has the unique honor of being the first writer to be giventhe Rea Award for the Short Story. In making their selection, the jurors said:"A writer of great intelligence, moral energy, and imaginative power,Cynthia Ozick has appreciably widened the range of what the short story is ableto be . . . Reading , we are moved past the truth of fact to adeeper, different understanding; we bear witness to the truth of art. Onlyrarely does this happen, and when it does, it must be celebrated."

She published in 2004 and in 2010.

Cynthia Ozick’s publicity style is as meek as her public persona. Her fans adore her, writers would like to be her, but she rarely claims the spotlight. Readers are often surprised, even slightly jarred, by her soft and high-pitched voice and apparent timidity when they see her speak or read for the first time, having expected to encounter a presence as forceful as her writing. Ozick doesn’t do book tours–her readings for the much-lauded 2004 novel, constituted her first, at age 76. She often seems to take the back stage compared to other writers of her repute, letting her books speak for themselves. And yet when Ozick publishes a new novel or a collection of criticism, or often even simply an essay in she commands such attention that people can’t stop talking about her.

The Puttermesser Papers - Cynthia Ozick - Complete …

Cynthia Ozick, a recipient of a Lannan Award for fiction and a National Book Critics Circle winner for essays, is the author of , , , and . She lives in New York.

“The Two Languages of Cynthia Ozick.” Studies in American Jewish Fiction 8 (Spring 1989): 34–49.

Each of the five "papers" collected here features somebody's arrival and departure in the life of Puttermesser: a soulmate or foil, fleshly being or a ghost. The reader's anticipation for each new arrival lends the novel its comic tone, and the felt inevitability of each departure cuts that tone with an equal dose of the elegaic. In the balance, Ozick finds the distinctive voice of Puttermesser's biographer, who is not always one with the novelist: "Hey," ends the first paper, "Puttermesser's biographer! What will you do with her now?"

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Cynthia Ozick was born in New York City, the second of two children


THE PUTTERMESSER PAPERS by Cynthia Ozick | Kirkus …

In her most recent fiction Ozick memorably captured, in two distinct keys, the emotional legacy of the Jewish experience of World War II. "The Puttermesser Papers" moves forward in time to a contemporary setting, but holds in beautiful equipoise the satiric edge of "The Messiah of Stockholm" (1987), and the meditative power that dominates the stories in "The Shawl" (1989). It is further enriched by the strong-minded, crystalline thinking about literary practice that has illumined Ozick's critical essays on writers, collected in three volumes including, most recently, "What Henry James Knew" (1993).

Cynthia Ozick’s Puttermesser Papers: From Whimsy to …

In this case by playfully puncturing expectations of straight realism, Ozick herself plays foil (and soulmate) to her literal-minded, rationalist character Puttermesser. The second "paper" is, among other things, an allegory of its own genesis, of literary creation. In it, Puttermesser makes a girl of soil from the potted plants in her apartment, and unknowingly gives the figure life. When her creation Xanthippe is revealed as Puttermesser's own uncanny double, bodying forth her unconscious ideas, we have reaped enough clues to guess that Ozick's own creative enterprise is under investigation.

The Puttermesser papers by Cynthia Ozick | LibraryThing

Reappearing as a novelist for the first time in the 1990s with "The Puttermesser Papers," the celebrated writer Cynthia Ozick puts on a bravura performance. The worldly existence of her anti-heroine Ruth Puttermesser, a civil servant and compulsive bookworm, pales next to the teeming inner life that she tracks in this novel. As self-appointed scribe of Puttermesser's fantasies, Ozick draws on all her considerable talents and reserves: her deep historical consciousness, sharpshooting irony, and intricate literary craftsmanship, to name a few.

Cynthia Ozick, The Puttermesser Papers | John Pistelli

Cynthia Ozick's creation, Ruth Puttermesser, is familiar from , , , as well as a previous collection of her stories, . The five stories (or episodes) that make up this novel have all appeared, generally in the same form, in the pages of those magazines and that book. After nearly twenty years of preoccupation with Ms. Puttermesser Ozick has collected the tales and called it a novel. Their familiarity, read piecemeal over the years, does nothing to diminish the accomplishment -- but we envy those that come to the book having never read about Ruth.
Ozick has always been an almost impeccable stylist, and in there is nary a wasted word. Ozick is word and pitch-perfect in presenting the tale of her lawyer in this unusual fiction. The episodes sound banal and hackneyed if summarized (Puttermesser creates a golem and becomes mayor of New York, Puttermesser in paradise, Puttermesser and the Russian émigré ...), but Ozick's precise prose makes each line magical.
Puttermesser is, to date, her finest sustained invention. The stories -- inventive, fantastic, wry, clever -- are perfect pieces, and they fit together well in this whole we are now offered. Not all of Ozick's topics are of great interest to us (we are indifferent to the religious (in this case Jewish) preoccupation, in particular), but Ozick weaves all her concerns together so well -- and expresses herself and tells her story so well -- that we follow her character eagerly.
A masterly novel that we recommend without reservation to one and all.

Finally available in the UK (July, 1999), is particularly recommended to the lucky British readers who have not come across the character previously in the American magazines in which she has appeared.

The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick - Fantastic …

(With dashing originality and in prose that sings like an entire choir of sirens, Cynthia Ozick relates the life and times of her most compelling fictional creation. Ruth Puttermesser lives in New York City. Her learning is monumental. Her love life is minimal (she prefers pouring through Plato to romping with married Morris Rappoport). And her fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come true - with disastrous consequences for what we laughably call "reality."

Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of reforming the city - and manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also paradise lost. Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, is a tour de force by one of our most visionary novelists.

"The finest achievement of Ozick's career... It has all the buoyant integrity of a Chagall painting." -
"Fanciful, poignant... so intelligent, so finely expressed that, like its main character, it remains endearing, edifying, a spark of light in the gloom." -
"A crazy delight." -

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