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120Reviews American people. This psychic minus spawns historical illiteracy instead of the freedom and literacy which Harris noted earlier as the "connecting" bond among all of the characters' quests. Harris' work represents a clever interweave of media documents and black critical theory to formulate a perspective on the literature of Afro-American authors who, in the tradition of their forefathers and mothers, attempted to translate their readings of a people and a society in the throes of transformation. It represents a ready source for scholars interested in AfroAmerican literature of the latter half of the twentieth century. Northeastern UniversityJoyce H. Scott Salzburg, Joel, ed. Critical Essays on Bernard Malamud. Boston: G. K. Hall & Company, 1987. 232 pp. Cloth: $34.00. Over the past thirty-five years, a constantly enlarging body ofcritical writing has described, analyzed, and interpreted Bernard Malamud's novels and short stories. Although Malamud gave close to three dozen interviews in that period, most of what we know of his biography has come from biographical chapters in the Dictionary ofLiterary Biography (vol. 28); World Authors: 1950-1970; Malamud's introduction to The Stories ofBernard Malamud; and an autobiographical memoir, "Long Work, Short Life," given as a lecture at Bennington College (October 30, 1984). Most of the best of the criticism that reflected the changing character of Malamud's fiction, however, is in the many scholarly journals, the bibliographies, and the four collections of criticism that have been published, including this one, and the whole issue, "Bernard Malamud: In Memoriam," in Studies in American Jewish Literature in the Fall of 1988. Leslie and Joyce Field's Bernard Malamud and the Critics (1970) included the widest spectrum of criticism to that date. The Fields' Bernard Malamud: A Collection of Critical Essays (1975) was smaller, more selective, and included several essays published for the first time. Harold Bloom's Bernard Malamud (1986) is a wide-ranging collection, chronologically arranged, of reprints. But Joel Salzburg's Critical Essays on Bernard Malamud (1987) is the most up-to-date, with the single most perceptive, survey essay that I've seen; the reviews here are far from ephemeral journalism, and the essays have an impressive philosophical depth. They make up the most insightful critical thinking on Malamud's fiction presently available. Half of Salzburg's collection is made up of reviews. For example, Harvey Swados' "Baseball a la Wagner: The Nibelungen in the Polo Grounds" is a pioneering essay in myth criticism of The Natural (pp. 23-37); Alfred Kazin's review of The Assistant explores Malamudian symbolism (pp. 25-29); Frederick Dupee explores the nature of "distorted. . .mature sexuality " and the "madness. . .of great art" in Idiots First (pp. 38-39), while George Elliott's review interprets The Fixer in both the metaphysical as well as political realms (pp. 41-46), and Leon Edel explores Dubin's Lives in the context of "the first novelist to devote an entire novel to a biographer" (p. 61). The essays and articles, from books and journals, are even more impressive. Iska Alter's "The Good Man's Dilemma . . ." from her book of the same name, explores Malamud's style, "a fusion of the fabulous and the factual," as the vehicle for humanistic moral values (p. 75). Philip Roth, noting Malamud's "lineaments of moral allegory" (p. 98), also points to the subsurface of sex, violence, and aggression in The Assistant, The Fixer, and Pictures of Fidelman. In turn, Lawrence Langer's original essay for this volume applauds Malamud's concern for suffering but suggests that he "naively simplifies an enormously complicated issue," the Holocaust (p. 116). ChristofWegelin describes Malamud's rejection of America's idealistic attitudes toward Europe; Chiara Brigand looks at Malamud's female characters in her "Mirrors, Studies in American Fiction121 Windows, and Peeping Toms: Women as the Object of Voyeuristic Scrutiny" in A New Life and Dubin's Lives and finds that "they share a common shallowness and common values" (p. 185). Finally, Sidney Richman's "Malamud's Quarrel with God" explores the author's God's Grace and concludes that it is "at once the most elaborate of his attempts at the fable and unquestionably his most ambiguous," although the message of...

Bernard Malamud A Collection Of Critical Essays