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Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life

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Here is the first full-length biography of Bernard Malamud, the self-made son of poor Jewish immigrants who went on to become one of the foremost novelists and short-story writers of the post-war period, a man who at the peak of his success stood alongside Saul Bellow and Philip Roth in the ranks of Jewish American writers.

To tell Malamud's story, Philip Davis has drawn on exclusive interviews with family, friends, and colleagues; unfettered access to private journals and letters; and detailed analysis of Malamud's working methods through previously unresearched manuscripts. Nothing came easily to Malamud: his family was poor, his mother probably committed suicide when Malamud was 14, and his younger brother inherited her schizophrenia. Davis's meticulous biography explores the many connections between Malamud's life and work, revealing all that it meant for this man to be a writer, both in terms of how he brought his life into his writing and how his writing affected his life. It also restores Bernard Malamud's literary reputation as one of the great original voices of his generation, a writer of superb subtlety and clarity.

Synopsis:

Praised in The New York Times as a wise, scrupulous, resolutely admiring biography, here is the first full-length portrait of Bernard Malamud, the self-made son of poor Jewish immigrants who became one of the foremost novelists and short-story writers of the post-war period. To tell Malamud's story, Philip Davis has drawn on exclusive interviews with family, friends, and colleagues; unfettered access to private journals and letters; and detailed analysis of Malamud's working methods through previously unresearched manuscripts. Davis's meticulous biography explores the many connections between Malamud's life and work, revealing all that it meant for this man to be a writer, both in terms of how he brought his life into his writing and how his writing affected his life. He shows that nothing came easily to Malamud: his family was poor, his mother probably committed suicide when Malamud was 14, and his younger brother inherited her schizophrenia. Most important, Davis restores Bernard Malamud's literary reputation as one of the great original voices of his generation, a writer of superb subtlety and clarity.

About the Author

Philip Davis is Professor of English Literature at Liverpool University. He has been reading Malamud for over thirty years.

Table of Contents

Introduction

THE FIRST LIFE

1. The Inheritance

2. The Long Adolescence

THE SECOND LIFE

3. Oregon

4. The Assistant

5. 'Because I Can'

THE THIRD LIFE

6. The Beginning of the Middle Years

7. 'We need some sort of poverty in our lives'

8. From The Fixer towards Dubin

9. Dubin's Lives

IN HIS LAST LIFE

10. 'As you are grooved so you are graved'

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199571475
Author:
Davis, Philip
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Philip
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 20th C
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w plates
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6 x 9.1 x 1.2 in 1.45 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Praised in The New York Times as a wise, scrupulous, resolutely admiring biography, here is the first full-length portrait of Bernard Malamud, the self-made son of poor Jewish immigrants who became one of the foremost novelists and short-story writers of the post-war period. To tell Malamud's story, Philip Davis has drawn on exclusive interviews with family, friends, and colleagues; unfettered access to private journals and letters; and detailed analysis of Malamud's working methods through previously unresearched manuscripts. Davis's meticulous biography explores the many connections between Malamud's life and work, revealing all that it meant for this man to be a writer, both in terms of how he brought his life into his writing and how his writing affected his life. He shows that nothing came easily to Malamud: his family was poor, his mother probably committed suicide when Malamud was 14, and his younger brother inherited her schizophrenia. Most important, Davis restores Bernard Malamud's literary reputation as one of the great original voices of his generation, a writer of superb subtlety and clarity.
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