The Natural: MALAMUD, Bernard (1914-1986) The Natural: MALAMUD, Bernard (1914-1986)

The Natural

MALAMUD, Bernard (1914-1986)

Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1963
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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First Impression of Malamud's first novel, a classic of baseball literature. 8vo: 248pp, including the addendum, "Some notes on the game of baseball," for British readers. Publisher's royal blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt with red baseball device; beautifully illustrated dust jacket, priced 21s, lettered in black and yellow. Moderate spotting to page edges and (lightly) rear panel of jacket, otherwise Fine. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors' works. First published in New York, in 1952, this is the story of Roy Hobbs, "modelled on Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson. It tells of a hero's remarkable come-back after years of lost promise, and then the terrible self-ruining of his second chance." Hobbs is a prodigy whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious. "Towards the end of his painstaking revisions, at the last moment in the galley proofs, Malamud hit upon the sentence that clinched the meaning both of the book and of much of Malamud's own struggling career: 'We have two lives, Roy, the life we learn with and the life we have after that.' Writing was Malamud's second life." (Literary Encyclopedia) Filmed in 1984 with Robert Redford. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1445

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Title: The Natural

Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London

Publication Date: 1963

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-

Edition: First Edition.

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