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The Magic Barrel. by  Bernard Malamud - Signed First Edition - 1958 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 111744)

The Magic Barrel.

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The Magic Barrel.

by Malamud, Bernard

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1958. First edition of Malamud's first collection of short stories, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Marshall and Min Everything good- Bernie." Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Glaser. Housed in a custom clamshell box. The Magic Barrel, has been recognized as a classic from the time it was published in 1959. The stories are set in New York and in Italy (where Malamud's alter ego, the struggling New York Jewish Painter Arthur Fidelman, roams amid the ruins of old Europe in search of his artistic patrimony); they tell of egg candlers and shoemakers, matchmakers, and rabbis, in a voice that blends vigorous urban realism, Yiddish idiom, and a dash of artistic magic. "In the short story, Malamud achieved an almost psalmlike compression. He has been called the Jewish Hawthorne, but he might just as well be thought a Jewish Chopin, a prose composer of preludes and noctures" (Mark Shechner, Partisan Review).


Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. His novel, The Magic Barrel, won the National Book Award in 1959. The novel is comprised of thirteen stories, most taking place in dingy streets in New York, and others in Italy. The book has been recognized as a classic from the time in which it was published. The stories tell of matchmakers, rabbis, egg candlers, struggle and delights while blending urban realism and Yiddish idioms in a wonderfully artistic fashion. The author’s warmth and ironic humor make the stories universally appealing and unique. The stories included are The First Seven Years, The Mourners, The Girl of My Dreams, Angel Levine, Behold the Key, Take Pity, The Prison, The Lady of the Lake, A Summer's Reading, The Bill, The Last Mohican, The Loan, and The Magic Barrel.


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Raptis Rare Books US (US)
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The Magic Barrel.
Malamud, Bernard
Book condition
second hand
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Bernard Malamud First Edition, Bernard Malamud Signed First Edition, The Magic Barrel Signed First Edition, The Natural First Edition

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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clamshell box
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First Edition
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