The Natural

By Bernard Malamud; Kevin Baker (Introduction by)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Paperback, 9780374502003, 248pp.)

Publication Date: July 7, 2003

Other Editions of This Title: MP3 CD

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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 (1914-86) wrote eight novels; he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Fixer, and the National Book Award for The Magic Barrel. Born in Brooklyn, he taught for many years at Bennington College in Vermont.




Praise For The Natural

A brilliant and unusually fine novel.

A preposterously readable story about life.

Malamud [holds a] high and honored place among contemporary American writers.

The finest novel about baseball since Ring Lardner left the scene.

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