Cynthia Ozick is an American short story writer, novelist, and essayist. Ozick was born in New York City. She earned her B.A. from New York University and went on to study English Literature at Ohio State University, where she completed an M.A. Ozick's fiction and essays are often about Jewish American life, but she also writes on a broad range of topics including politics, history, and literary criticism. Furthermore, she has written and translated poetry.