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and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award in memory of his par­
ents. The judges for this award were Dr. Charles Angoff, professor
of literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of nu­
merous books; David M. Kleinstein, literary critic; and Harold U.
Ribalow, an author and anthologist, who is responsible for twelve
books on Jewish themes.
The judges selected for the award Cynthia Ozick for her book,
The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories,
published by Alfred A.
Knopf. Miss Ozick, a native New Yorker, taught literature at Ohio
State University and New York University. She has published
essays, reviews, criticism, poetry and translations, which have ap­
peared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. In 1968, she was
one of the two novelists to be awarded a fellowship by the National
Endowment for the Arts, and, in 1970, was selected as a lecturer
in the American Israel Dialogue on Culture and the Arts at the
Weizmann Institute in Israel.
The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories
is a collection of two novellas and five short stories which demon­
strate great intensity, imagination and wit. The complex and mov­
ing title story examines a modern rabbi’s tragic inability to come
to terms with the religion he teaches. Most of the stories deal with
Jewish characters striving for self-realization, although they do not
always succeed. This book was a nominee for the 1970 National
Book Award.