Literary Birthday – 26 April – Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud was born 26 April 1914, and died 18 March 1986.

Bernard Malamud Quotes

  1. I work with language. I love the flowers of afterthought.
  2. There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go–if there are no doors or windows–he walks through a wall.
  3. I’m an American, I’m a Jew, and I write for all men. A novelist has to, or he’s built himself a cage.
  4. A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
  5. First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about.
  6. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
  7. Without heroes we are all plain people and don’t know how far it is we can go.
  8. Life is a tragedy full of joy.
  9. The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.
  10. Those who write about life, reflect about life. You see in others who you are.
  11. We have two lives… the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.
  12. If the stories come, you get them written, you’re on the right track. Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way. The real mystery to crack is you.

Bernard Malamud was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Source for Image: John Bragg, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 26th April 2013