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Bernard Malamud : a writer's life

Author: Philip Davis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Philip Davis tells the story of Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), 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. The time is ripe for a revival of interest in a man who at the peak of his success stood alongside Saul Bellow and Philip Roth in the ranks of Jewish American writers." "Nothing came easily to Malamud: his family  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Philip (Philip Maurice).
Bernard Malamud.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608206606
Named Person: Bernard Malamud; Bernard Malamud; Bernard Malamud; Bernard Malamud
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Davis
ISBN: 9780199270095 0199270090
OCLC Number: 123232343
Description: xxii, 377 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The first life --
The inheritance --
The long adolescence --
The second life --
Oregon --
The assistant --
'Because I can' --
The third life --
The beginning of the middle years --
'We need some sory of poverty in our lives' --
From The fixer towards Dubin --
Dubin's lives --
In his last life --
'As you are grooved so you are graved'
Responsibility: Philip Davis.
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"Philip Davis tells the story of Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), 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. The time is ripe for a revival of interest in a man who at the peak of his success stood alongside Saul Bellow and Philip Roth in the ranks of Jewish American writers." "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. Malamud did everything the second time round - re-using his life in his writing, even as he revised draft after draft. Davis's meticulous biography shows all that it meant for this man to be a writer in terms of both the uses of and the costs to his own 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." "Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life benefits from Philip Davis's exclusive interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, unfettered access to private journals and letters, and detailed analysis of Malamud's working methods through the examination of hitherto unresearched manuscripts. It is very much a writer's life. It is also the story of a struggling emotional man, using an extraordinary but long-worked-for gift, in order to give meaning to ordinary human life."--Jacket.

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