Happy Birthday To New Rochelle’s Cynthia Ozick

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Cynthia Ozick turns 86 on Thursday.
Cynthia Ozick turns 86 on Thursday.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Cynthia Ozick!

Ozick, a longtime New Rochelle resident, turns 86 on Thursday.

Cynthia Ozick, a short story writer, novelist, and essayist, was born April 17, 1928, in New York City. In 1971, Ozick received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for her short story collection, "The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories.: In 1997, she received the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for "Fame and Folly." Three of her stories won first prize in the O. Henry competition. In 1986, she was selected as the first winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. In 2000, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Quarrel & Quandary. In 2008, she was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award and the PEN/Malamud Award, which was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of the short story.

Critically acclaimed novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace called Ozick one of the greatest living American writers. She has been described as "the Athena of America’s literary pantheon," the "Emily Dickinson of the Bronx," and "one of the most accomplished and graceful literary stylists of her time."

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Dear Ms. Ozick,

Happy Birthday to you -- one of America's best novelists. It's our privilege that you've made New Rochelle your home for many years.