The Natural

The Natural Cover

The Natural

By Bernard Malamud; Kevin Baker; Kevin Baker (Introduction by)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374502003, 231pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2003

Description

The classical novel (and basis for the acclaimed film) now in a new edition

Introduction by Kevin Baker

"The Natural," Bernard Malamud's first novel, published in 1952, is also the first and some would say still the best novel ever written about baseball. In it Malamud, usually appreciated for his unerring portrayals of postwar Jewish life, took on very different material the story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era and invested it with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all his best work. Four decades later, Alfred Kazin's comment still holds true: "Malamud has done something which now that he has done it looks as if we have been waiting for it all our lives. He has really raised the whole passion and craziness and fanaticism of baseball as a popular spectacle to its ordained place in mythology.



About the Author
Bernard Malamud (1914 1986) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel, a book of stories. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.

The critically acclaimed novel "Dreamland established Kevin Baker as "one of America's best new writers" ("Boston Herald). Now, with "Paradise Alley, he emerges as one of the most important voices of his generation. Currently at work on the third volume of his "City of Fire" trilogy, Mr. Baker is also the author of the novel "Sometimes You See It Coming and served as chief historical researcher for the nonfiction bestseller "The American Century. He is married and lives in New York City.

The critically acclaimed novel "Dreamland established Kevin Baker as "one of America's best new writers" ("Boston Herald). Now, with "Paradise Alley, he emerges as one of the most important voices of his generation. Currently at work on the third volume of his "City of Fire" trilogy, Mr. Baker is also the author of the novel "Sometimes You See It Coming and served as chief historical researcher for the nonfiction bestseller "The American Century. He is married and lives in New York City.


Praise For The Natural

“A brilliant and unusually fine novel.” —The New York Times

“A preposterously readable story about life.” —Time

“Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers.” —Washington Post Book World

“The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch