New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1967).
Hardcover. First edition. Introduction by Philip Rahv. Corners a bit bumped, very good in very good or better dustwrapper with a few tiny tears. A collection including a complete novel (*The Asssistant*), 10 short stories, and excerpts from three other novels including *The Natural* and *The Fixer*. The Dedication Copy which Malamud has Inscribed beneath the printed dedication, To Chet and Louise: "with deep affection - Bern. Cambridge September, 1967." The recipients were Chester and Louise Garrison.
Chester A. Garrison became friends with Malamud soon after Garrison joined the English Department at Oregon State College (now University) in 1954 where they bonded over being Easterners (Malamud from New York and Garrison from Jersey City) and their mutual interest in Thomas Hardy. Malamud's son Paul interviewed Garrison about their relationship for the book *The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud* (2001). According to Garrison's son, *A Malamud Reader* was dedicated to the Garrisons in light of the recent death of their young daughter in 1967. A very uncommon title to find signed.