Concerned with many of the moral and spiritual questions at the heart of the Jewish-American experience, Bernard Malamud brought to his fiction the need to ask serious questions in the guise of compelling, page-turning stories. In stories set in America, Europe and Russia, Malamud’s characters speak in a rich, provocative language that captures the ear and shows a master eavesdropper at work.
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Date of Birth:
April 28, 1914
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death:
March 18, 1986
|Place of Death:
New York, New York
B.A., City College of New York, 1936; M.A., Columbia University, 1942
National Book Award for The Magic Barrel, 1959; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Fixer, 1967
|'It's Story, Story, Story'|
|"With me, it's story, story, story," Malamud once said. "Writers who can't invent stories often pursue other strategies, even substituting style for narrative. I feel that the story is the basic element of fiction though that ideal is not popular with disciples of the 'new novel.' They remind me of a painter who couldn't paint people, so he painted chairs. The story will be with us as long as man is." |
|Master Storyteller||More About Malamud|
|The Complete Stories|
Bernard Malamud, Robert Giroux (Introduction)
"I have discovered a short-story writer who is better than any of them, including myself," wrote Flannery O'Connor in 1958 -- she was talking about Malamud. See what she means in this career-spanning volume of more than 50 stories.
|Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life & Work|
Bernard Malamud, Nicholas Delbanco, Alan Cheuse (Editors)
This compendium of lectures, essays and other ruminations on the writing life from the author is a trove for both Malamud fans and aspiring writers. Also, consider Conversations with Bernard Malamud for a gathering of 28 rare interviews. For a critical look at Malamud's work, see Harold Bloom's installment of the Modern Critical Views Series.
|Photo by David Lees||