A Look Back in Time

In her latest novel, Antiquities (Knopf 2021), Cynthia Ozick, Jan. ’46 has crafted a narrative that captures the shifting meanings of the past, and how our experience colors those meanings. She writes of an individual who looks back on his years as a trustee with a now-defunct learning institution for boys. His reflections on the school grow to encompass the wider circles of family and society, in addition to memories of his former students. Ozick’s text is a tale that draws equally upon history and illusion.