One of America's foremost novelists and critics, Cynthia Ozick
has won praise and provoked debate for taking on challenging
literary, historical, and moral issues. Her new collection of
spirited essays focuses on the essential joys of great literature,
with particular emphasis on the novel. With razor-sharp wit and an
inspiring joie de vivre, she investigates unexpected byways in the
works of Leo Tolstoy, Saul Bellow, Helen Keller, Isaac Babel,
Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, and others. In a posthumous and
hilariously harassing (Unfortunate) Interview with Henry James,"
Ozick's hero is shocked by a lady reporter. In Highbrow Blues" and
in reflections on her own early fiction, she writes intimately of
the din in our heads, that relentless inner hum," and the curative
power of literary imagination. The Din in the Head is sure to
please fans of Ozick, win her new readers, and excite critical
controversy and acclaim.