A writer’s life relived

Bernard Malamud: Writer’s Life. By Philip Davis, Oxford University Press, €28.10

6th October, 2007

Bernard Malamud: Writer’s Life. By Philip Davis, Oxford University Press, €28.10

It may not rank with the record executives who told The Beatles ‘guitar groups are over’ or the London publishers who rejected the first Harry Potter book, but the decision by Harcourt Brace publishers in America in 1956 to turn down a second novel, The Assistant, by quiet-spoken novelist Bernard Malamud isn’t the proudest boast of that long-established firm.

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