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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

April 26th, 2002

American novelist and short story writer Bernard Malamud (The Magic Barrel, 1958) is born in Brooklyn in 1914.

Bernard Malamud, b. April 26, 1914, d. 1986

malamud.jpgAlthough he had published two books to little acclaim before his first collection of stories won awards and established him as a master of the shorter form, Malamud’s novels are riveting. Outside the mainstream of contemporary American life, his protagonists play out their stories of spiritual yearning and occasional redemption. In The Fixer, his finest book, the unforgettable setting — part Kafka, part Bashevis Singer, and part Dostoevsky — is Russia and its pogroms. And The Natural is the best baseball novel we have.

Suggested Reading Short stories The Magic Barrel, 1958. Idiots First, 1963. Rembrandt’s Hat, 1973. The Stories of Bernard Malamud, 1983. Novels The Natural, 1952. The Assistant, 1957. A New Life, 1961. The Fixer, 1966. Pictures of Fidelman, 1969. Dubin’s Lives, 1979. The Tenants, 1979. God’s Grace, 1982.

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