Cynthia Ozick on her Novel Foreign Bodies

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cynthia Ozick discusses her sixth novel, Foreign Bodies. She retells the story of Henry James’s The Ambassadors—the work he considered his best—but while the story’s plot is the same, the meaning is reversed. It tells the story of Bea Nightingale, a fiftyish divorced schoolteacher whose life has been on hold since her brief marriage, and who becomes entangled in the lives of her brother’s family and her ex-husband.


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David from Great Neck

Lenny, the Breckenridge Ms. Ozick was thinking of is Breckenridge Long, an assistant secretary of state under FDR, who was anti-Semitic. He is a factor in all the U.S. Holocaust studies.

He was a 1904 Princeton grad, 70 years before me. And I am Jewish. My grandparents could not obtain U.S. visas and were lost in Europe. Nor could my father, but he was hidden away.

Nov. 11 2010 01:57 PM

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