19 April, 2020

Dust Jacket Art - Bernard Malamud's The Magic Barrel


The Magic Barrel was Bernard Malamud's first short story collection. Interestingly, it was published in 1958 concurrently by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy and also Jewish Publication Society of America. This is the FSC first printing dust jacket, designed by renowned graphic illustrator, Milton Glaser who, I imagine, combined Chagall's palette with Matisse's form into delightful symbolism. The spine suffered from pretty severe sunning that rendered the letterings of the author, title, and publisher almost entirely faded. Still, a beautiful, unrestored dust jacket.

Bernard Malamud was an important American Jewish writer in the 50s and 60s who won two National Book Awards, including this title, and one Pulitzer for The Fixer, neither much sought after, or at least not to the same extent as The Natural, Malamud's debut novel about baseball.









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