The Magic Barrel

[New York and Philadelphia: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy and The Jewish Publication Society, 1958].

Price: $750.00

Softcover. Publisher's dummy or uncorrected galleys. Oblong quarto. Stapled illustrated orange wrappers. A little dust-soiled, else near fine. A problematic object, printed in double-page text, paginated non-consecutively and containing only four of the original 13 stories that appeared in the published book. Malamud's first collection of short stories, and winner of the National Book Award. Presumably only for in-house use, and almost certainly rare.

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The Magic Barrel. Bernard MALAMUD.

Bernard Malamud
birth name: Bernard Malamud
born: 4/26/1914
died: 3/18/1986
nationality: USA

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American novelist and short-story writer who made parables out of Jewish immigrant life. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

His 1952 novel The Natural is very eagerly sought after, by both literature and baseball collectors, it came in three different color bindings - red, blue, and gray, with dealers invariably asserting the priority of whatever color copy they happen to have in hand. All of our experience would tend to indicate that there is no obvious priority - frankly we'll note the color of the binding in our descriptions, but we pretty much value them equally. The English edition (1963) is interesting as it offers a glossary for baseball-challanged Britishers that is not in the American edition. The first edition of The Assistant needs to have reviews of The Natural on the rear panel. Fine copies are very uncommon. his 1958 collection The Magic Barrel and Other Stories comes in two issues with no established priority, but collectors seem to prefer the issue from the Jewish Publication Society over the issue from Farrar Straus and Cudahy.

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