New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book in gray cloth (no priority established among the three cloth colors), with sunning along board edges. Dust jacket Very Good or better, with a few short tears on the front panel, wear at the spine ends and corners, but presenting well.
In 1949, a woman shot a famous baseball player, Eddie Waitkus; a mysterious event that gripped the imagination of the press. This incident served as the inspiration for Bernard Malamud’s first novel, “The Natural,” published in 1952. In the book, Roy Hobbs becomes the target for a woman’s morbid fascination leading to a shooting which derails Hobbs’ young baseball career. Malamud details the inner turmoil of Hobbs’ attempts to return to baseball. Heralded as one of the finest American contemporary writers of the twentieth century (The New York Times), Malamud continued writing novels and garnering awards until his death in 1986. “The Natural” was famously adapted into a film starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger and Robert Duvall. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #552)