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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Natural (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assistant (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A New Life (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fixer (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pictures of Fidelman (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tenants (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dubin's Lives (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God's Grace (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Magic Barrel (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Stories (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Idiots First (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Malamud Reader (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Penguin Modern Stories 1 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rembrandt's Hat (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stories of Bernard Malamud (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The People (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Stories (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Talking Horse (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best American Short Stories Books

The Best Short Stories of 1915 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1916 (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1917 (1917)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1918 (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1919 (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921 (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1922 (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1923 (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1924 (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1925 (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1926 (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1927 (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1928 (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1929 (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1930 (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1931 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1932 (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1933 (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1934 (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1935 (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1936 (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1937 (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1938 (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1939 (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1940 (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories 1941 (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1943 (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1946 (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1949 (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1950 (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1951 (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1952 (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1953 (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1955 (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1958 (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1959 (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1960 (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1961 (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1962 (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1965 (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1966 (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1967 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1968 (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of 1969 (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1971 (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1972 (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1977 (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1980 (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1984 (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1985 (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1989 (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1999 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2001 (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2002 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories1921 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2009 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Bernard Malamud was a Jewish American author that was best known for novels like ‘The Natural’ and ‘The Fixer’.

+Biography

Bernard Malamud was born in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish Immigrants. A student of Erasmus Hall High School (Brooklyn), Bernard had the misfortune of growing up during the Great Depression.

Unlike his brother Eugene who died a lonely life in his fifties, Bernard never let the hard times get him down. The author took solace in his love for films and especially enjoyed regaling his friends with the plots of Charlie Chaplin’s comedies.

The author initially trained as a teacher. Eventually, he went on to get his Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from City College of New York and Columbia University respectively. Bernard Malamud could have been just another artist lost to the war.

But being his widower father’s bread winner allowed him to escape conscription. After taking a couple of detours, Bernard eventually landed a job at Oregon State University. Bernard would have loved to teach literary courses instead of freshman composition. But the lack of a Ph.D. made this dream all but impossible.

But Bernard didn’t allow that to get him down and he instead injected his efforts into writing fiction during his free time. By the time he retired from teaching in 1961, the author had taught creative writing at Bennington College.

Some of the author’s achievements before and after retirement include becoming an American Academy of Arts and Sciences member and marrying Anne De Chiara, an Italian-American that he met in 1942. Considering his Jewish background, it goes without saying that Bernard’s marriage to Anne did not please either of their parents. Though the couple still proceeded with their nuptials and eventually brought two children into the world.

Bernard always described himself as an agnostic. He also used the word ‘Humanist’ to describe his philosophies about life. By the time he passed away, the author was 71 years of age. He was living in Manhattan.

+Literary Career

Few people know of Bernard Malamud. He wasn’t especially prolific. His fans like to think that ‘The Natural’ was Bernard’s first novel; that one was published in 1952 and it was predated by ‘The Light Sleeper’ which is the author’s actual first novel.

The book was completed in 1948. However, for various reasons it never saw the light of day. Bernard actually went so far as to burn the manuscript. Readers only ever remember ‘The Natural’ which explored the life of a middle-aged athlete whose abilities allowed him to dominate the baseball landscape.

While ‘The Natural’ definitely garnered interest, it was Bernard’s second novel that essentially created the blueprint for his approach to writing. ‘The Assistant’ used Bernard’s own experiences to tell the exploits of a Jewish Immigrant in the United States. And the book cemented Bernard’s place as the sort of author who explored the hardships faced by immigrants in the United States.

Even though Bernard’s books had the potential to take a dark turn, especially taking into account the desperate and poverty-stricken nature of his protagonists, Bernard always endeavored to leave his audience with a sense of hope and optimism. He elicited joy from telling stories that saw the poor and down-trodden achieve their dreams in the long run.

Bernard Malamud didn’t pander to audiences, and his books always seemed to attract the right sort of attention, eventually garnering him a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1967 novel.

Besides the eight novels in his bibliography, Bernard Malamud also wrote short stories. It has been argued that Bernard’s short stories were of a far superior quality to his novels. Though the author’s ability to explore social factors like infidelity, divorce, and abuse, not to mention love, redemption and sacrifice still made his novels a worthwhile read.

Over the years, many a book has been written about Bernard Malamud. Additionally, the PEN/Malamud Award was created in the late 1980s to honor the author’s legacy. The award is given to authors whose abilities to write short stories exceed expectations.

+Adaptations

‘The Natural’ is one of Bernard Malamud’s most popular works. The novel was turned into a live-action motion picture in 1984. Featuring Robert Redford and Glenn Close and directed by Barry Levinson, the movie focused on the character of Roy Hobbs, an athlete past his prime who achieved legendary status for his abilities on the field.

The film explores Roy Hobbs’ success and struggles. The movie received numerous Academy nominations.

+The Fixer

When a young Russian Boy perishes in unfortunate circumstances, Yakov Bok takes the blame. The Jewish Handyman only left his village for Kiev because he thought it would offer him better prospects. Yakov’s decision to join an anti-Semitic group doesn’t quite work out as he expected, not when he is accused of murder and imprisoned.

This book reveals the difficult journey of a handyman looking for better prospects in Kiev in 1911. Yakov’s wife left him and this propelled him to abandon his home for the Jewish community in Kiev. Yakov thinks that he will grow rich and find a wife who isn’t as barren as his former partner. Yakov thinks that success will come his way because he can easily pass for a Russian. An encounter with an unconscious man leads Yakov to join an Anti-Semitic group.

When a boy dies, it is clear that the authorities are out to frame Yakov. The result is a story about Yakov’s bleak existence in prison as he survives each new day.

+The Assistant

Morris Bober’s luck takes a turn for the worse when his grocer in postwar Brooklyn is robbed by a pair of thugs. Morris thought that making Frank Alpine his assistant would change things for the better. Not only did Frank fall for Helen Bober but he took to helping himself to the store’s merchandise.

The Assistant paints a vivid picture of the trials of a Jewish immigrant struggling to make it in the United States after the war ends. The life Bernard Malamud portrays is a difficult one. Jewish immigrants must decide whether or not they will stand by their religious codes in a world that seems determined to make their lives as complicated as possible.

Morris Bober represents the attitudes of many Jewish immigrants from that time. He is happy to suffer heroically for the sake of his family. Frank, on the hand, refuses to accept his fate. He wants to emulate Morris. But he also wants more from life.

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