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Bernard Malamud
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    (April 26, 1914-March 18, 1986)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Wrote the novels 'The Natural' (1952), 'The Assistant' (1957), 'A New Life' (1961), 'The Fixer' (1966), 'The Tenants' (1971), 'Dubin's Lives' (1979) and 'God's Grace' (1982)
    Wrote the short story collections 'The Magic Barrel' (1958), 'Idiots First' (1963), 'Pictures of Fidelman' (1969) and 'Rembrandt's Hat' (1974)
    He burned the manuscript of his unpublished first novel (1948).
    His wife told him he was a good writer, but not 'a great writer such as Faulkner or Joyce.
    While teaching at Bennington College, he had an affair with a student nearly three decades his junior.
    His publisher scoffed at the idea of a biography, saying, 'As a life, it was unexciting. Saul Bellow was filet mignon, Malamud was hamburger.'
    When he was thirteen, he stopped his mother from committing suicide.
    Flannery O'Connor said of him, 'I have discovered a short-story writer who is better than any of them, including myself.'
    He won the Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Awards.
    He said, 'Writers who can't invent stories often pursue other strategies, even substituting style for narrative.... They remind me of the painter who couldn't paint people, so he painted chairs.'

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