Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) was an American author. His works include: The Natural (1961), The Fixer (1967), The Magic Barrel (1958), The Tenants (1971), God's Grace (1982), and A New Life (1988). He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Fixer and a National Book Award for The Fixer and The Magic Barrel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Fixer
Life and Works
Malamud was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1914. His father was a Russian-Jewish immigrant and grocery store-owner, and his mother a theater fan who died when Malamud was 15. He attended a city college and taught at various high schools, but did not begin writing until after the Holocaust.
Most of his works use depressing material to form cosmic comedy in a religious style, and depict Jewish life in America. His The Natural tells the story of a baseball player, while his The Assistant tells the story of a Jewish grocery owner whose store has been robbed trying to make ends meet. In The Fixer, he speaks of a Jewish handyman imprisoned for the murder of a Christian boy in tsarist Russia. He died on March 18, 1986 in New York.
- The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall: New York, 1991.
- "Malamud, Bernard." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.