The Fixer

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966).

Price: $1,500.00

Hardcover. First edition. Faint owner's stamp of Chester A. Garrison on the foredge and topedge, and a tiny faint spot on the bottom edge, else fine in a near fine dustwrapper with a little wear at the spine edges. Inscribed by Malamud to Garrison (a close friend and colleague of Malamud's) and his wife Louise: "For Louise and Chet whom we think and talk of often with much affection, Bern." The Garrisons were also the dedicatees of a 1967 omnibus edition of Malamud's work, *The Malamud Reader*.

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). Winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Dalton Trumbo scripted the John Frankenheimer film starring Alan Bates and Dirk Bogarde. A very nice association copy.

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The Fixer. Bernard MALAMUD.
The Fixer

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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