The Assistant

New York: Farrar Straus Cudahy, (1957).

Price: $1,500.00

Hardcover. First edition. Cocked, and old tape shadows on the front pastedown, thus good in good only internally repaired first issue dustjacket with overall wear. Malamud’s second book, and perhaps his scarcest. Contemporary author's printed presentation label ("With Best Wishes From The Author"), with the owner name filled in by the recipient ("L & C. Garrison"), and Inscribed on the label by Malamud: “For Chet & Louise – With whom we share goods, services, friendship – Much affection, Bern, Corvallis, 1958.”

The recipients were Chet Garrison (a close friend and colleague of Malamud's) and his wife Louise. The Garrisons were the dedicatees of a 1967 omnibus edition of Malamud's work, *The Malamud Reader*. The shared "goods, services" referenced in the inscription refers in part to reciprocal babysitting services provided by each family.

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). A very nice association copy. *Burgess 99*.

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Item #456467 The Assistant. Bernard MALAMUD.
The Assistant
The Assistant

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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