Bernard Malamud: A Writers Life by Philip Davis

Bernard Malamud: A Writers Life

byPhilip 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 stoodalongside 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'smeticulous 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 mucha 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.

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Philip Davis is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Liverpool.
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Title:Bernard Malamud: A Writers LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199571473

ISBN - 13:9780199571475

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe First Life1. The Inheritance2. The Long AdolescenceThe Second Life3. Oregon4. The Assistant5. 'Because I Can'The Third Life6. The Beginning of the Middle Years7. 'We need some sort of poverty in our lives'8. From The Fixer towards Dubin9. Dubin's LivesIn His Last Life10. 'As you are grooved so you are graved'

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"...timely re-evaluation." --Scotland on Sunday