A Malamud Reader

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1967).

Price: $1,500.00

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.

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A Malamud Reader. Bernard MALAMUD.
A Malamud Reader

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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