The Natural Summary
Bernard Malamud

Everything you need to understand or teach The Natural by Bernard Malamud.

  • The Natural Summary & Study Guide
  • 3 Student Essays
  • 2 Encyclopedia Articles
  • 2 Literature Criticisms
  • ...and more
  • 30 The Natural Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
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The Natural Summary

In his Dictionary of Literary Biography article on Bernard Malamud, Joel Salzberg notes that the author "holds a preeminence among Jewish-American writers that has consistently been reaffirmed by recent critical assessments." Malamud, however, began his career with his popular first novel, The Natural, influenced by his love of baseball and his fascination with stories of the mythological quest for the Holy Grail. The novel's allegorical framework blends realism and fantasy in its exploration...

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