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which provides the single most up-to-date information of cur­
ren t Judaica.
T he judges included Joel Carmichael, editor of
Mids tream,
and Harold U. Ribalow, a well-known literary critic, au thor
and anthologist.
They unanimously chose to select Cynthia Ozick for her book
Bloodshed and Three Novellas ,
published by Knopf.
Ms. Ozick’s short stories have been published extensively
in such journals as T h e New Yorker, Esquire and Quest. Her
two previous books
The Pagan Rabb i
were both
enthusiastically received and acclaimed as b rillian t by readers
and critics alike, confirming her as one of the foremost writers
of our time. She has lectured widely at Yale, Ind iana Univer­
sity, Colgate University, and the Weizmann Institu te and, in
addition, she was the 1971 winner of the fiction award of the
Jewish Book Council.
Bloodshed and Three Novellas
is a rich and reasonant work
that covers such diversities as the story of a romantic scholar
who leaves academia to become an unpaid housekeeper, the
story of a fund-raiser who visits a relative in a hasidic commu­
nity and is challenged by a stranger there and the story of
a diplomat who spends his time alternately manipulating, and
being manipulated. Truly,
is a worthy successor to
Ms. Ozick’s earlier works and confirms her as a master storyteller.
Mr. Bernard H. Marks presented the award for a book of
Jewish history. Mr. Marks has been active in both Jewish
education and Zionist circles and was associated with the Hebrew
Publishing Company for many years. He is currently a member
of the Jewish Book Council Executive Board.
T he judges for this award were Dr. Martin A. Cohen, professor
of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institu te
of Religion, Dr. Solomon Grayzel, whose works include
A Hi s ­
tory of the Jews from the Babylonian Exi le
A Hi story of
the Contemporary Jews,
Dr. Ber tram W. Korn,
rabbi of
Congregation Kenesset Israel, Philadelphia.
They were unanimous in their choice of Irving Howe for his