FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the front free end paper, in fine dust jacket.
The author's third book and first collection of short stories, The Magic Barrel won the 1959 National Book Award.
One of the author's most difficult titles to find in fine condition.
"In the short story, Malamud achieved an almost psalmlike compression. He has been called the Jewish Hawthorne, but he might just as well be thought a Jewish Chopin, a prose composer of preludes and noctures"
(Mark Shechner, Partisan Review).
From the Clara Z.G. Goldman's collection with her ex-libris and signature on the front free end paper. The Harvard University established in 1982 The Dr. Joseph and Clara Z. G. Goldman Judaica Book Fund gifted of Dorothy Goldman Sparrow and Marvin Sparrow.