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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

Series Editor: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts

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