The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud

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Offers personal recollections of and critical perspectives on this major American author.
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“He wrote about suffering Jews, about poor Jews, about grocers and fixers and birds and horses and angels in Harlem and matchmakers and salesmen and rabbis and landlords and tenants and egg chandlers and writers and chimpanzees; he wrote about the plentitude and unity of the world...May the memory of this great and humane Master be blessed and forever green. As it will be, as long as there are readers.” — Cynthia Ozick, from chapter 3, “Remembrances: Bernard Malamud”

“The book offers a remarkably vivid and consistent portrait of this significant American writer and marks a valuable contribution to what we know about Malamud.” — Andrew Furman, author of Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination

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Meet the Author

Evelyn Avery is Professor of English and Coordinator of Jewish Studies at Towson University. She is the author of Rebels and Victims: The Fiction of Richard Wright and Bernard Malamud.

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Table of Contents

I The Author
Ch. 1 Malamud in Corvallis: Memories of Dad 3
Ch. 2 Recollecting Bernie: Colleagues at Oregon State, Interviewed 13
Ch. 3 Remembrances: Bernard Malamud 25
Ch. 4 Malamud: Seen and Unseen 29
Ch. 5 On The Magic Barrel 35
Ch. 6 The Rhythms of Friendship in the Life of Art: The Correspondence of Bernard Malamud and Rosemarie Beck 43
II Individual Works
Ch. 7 America and the History of the Jews in Bernard Malamud's "The Last Mohican" 59
Ch. 8 Zen Buddhism and The Assistant: A Grocery as a Training Monastery 69
Ch. 9 Malamud's New [Academic] Life - and Ours 87
Ch. 10 The Lives of Dubin 101
Ch. 11 Gorilla in the Myth: Malamud's God's Grace 111
III Thematic Threads: Patterns in Malamud's Fiction
Ch. 12 Reflections on Transmogrified Yiddish Archetypes in Fiction by Bernard Malamud 123
Ch. 13 Not True Although Truth: The Holocaust's Legacy in Three Malamud Stories: "The German Refugee," "Man in the Drawer," and "The Lady of the Lake" 139
Ch. 14 Bernard and Juliet: Romances and Desire in Malamud's High Art 153
Ch. 15 Bernard Malamud and Cynthia Ozick: Kindred Neshamas 161
Ch. 16 Bernard Malamud and His Universal Menschen 167
Ch. 17 A Kind of Vigilance: Tropic Suspension in Bernard Malamud's Fiction 175
IV Annotated Select Bibliography
Eileen H. Watts 189
Contributors List 209
Index 213
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