Bernard Malamud Books In Order

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
Idiots First (1963)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 Bill Pronzini Anthologies

with Marcia Muller, Martin H. Greenberg, Bill Pronzini, Barry N. Malzberg
Mystery Writers' Choice 1977 (By:Bill Pronzini) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Specials (By:Bill Pronzini) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Sins, Dark Dreams (By:Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Werewolf!A Chrestomathy of Lycanthropy (By:Bill Pronzini) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of Summer (By:Bill Pronzini) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night screams (By:Bill Pronzini) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shared Tomorrows (By:Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voodoo (By:Bill Pronzini) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummy! (By:Bill Pronzini) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bug-Eyed Monsters (By:Bill Pronzini) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Edgar Winners (By:Bill Pronzini) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (With: Bill Pronzini) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By:Bill Pronzini) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Necropolis (By:Bill Pronzini) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (By:Bill Pronzini) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps (By:Bill Pronzini) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Hall of Fame (By:Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Western Hall of Fame (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outlaws (By:Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reel West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 Short Mystery Novels (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cowboys (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ethnic Detectives (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Lessons (By:Marcia Muller,Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warriors (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Reel West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the First Reel (By:Bill Pronzini) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Railroaders (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steamboaters (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Modern Police Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Reel West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Mainstream (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
101 Mystery Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cattlemen (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales Of Mystery (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of the Dead (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Westerns (By:Bill Pronzini) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prime Suspects (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Mysteries (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horse Soldiers (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncollected Crimes (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suspicious Characters (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunfighters (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 Short Detective Novels (By:Bill Pronzini) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Elements (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloak and Dagger (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Texans (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homicidal Acts (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady on the Case (By:Bill Pronzini) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Californians (By:Bill Pronzini) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Felonious Assaults (By:Bill Pronzini) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arizonans (By:Bill Pronzini) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Wild Westerns (By:Bill Pronzini) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Doings (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Northerners (By:Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Northwesterners (By:Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West III (By:Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Out West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crime and Crime Again (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the West 2 (By:Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of World War II Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Montanans (By:Bill Pronzini) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Combat! (By:Bill Pronzini) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales Of The West (By:Bill Pronzini) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By:Bill Pronzini) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hardboiled (By:Bill Pronzini) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Century of Mystery (By:Marcia Muller,Bill Pronzini) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of War Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Private Eye Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Giant Book Of Short Crime Stories (By:Bill Pronzini) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duo (By:Marcia Muller,Bill Pronzini) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pure Pulp (By:Ed Gorman,Bill Pronzini) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oddments (By:Bill Pronzini) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Oddments (By:Bill Pronzini) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Horror and the Supernatural (By:Bill Pronzini) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Anniversaries (By:Marcia Muller,Bill Pronzini) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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


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.


‘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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