CORVALLIS - A collection of Bernard Malamud's own copies of his works in translation has been acquired by The Valley Library at Oregon State University.
Malamud, a former faculty member at OSU, is one of the century's most significant American novelists and writers of short stories. He received both a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his achievements.
The collection of 179 volumes includes foreign language editions of works by Malamud, all from his personal library. Among the titles in the collection are "The Assistant," "The Fixer," "The Magic Barrel," "A New Life," "The Tenants" and "The Natural."
Thirty of the books were signed by the author, who died in 1986. The works have been translated into Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slavic, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Malamud came to Oregon State in 1949, joining the English department faculty and teaching English composition. His book, "A New Life," is said to be a caricature of Oregon State College and Corvallis in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He continued at OSU for 12 years, leaving in 1961 to teach at Harvard.
The new collection will be added to a Malamud transcript collection already housed in the library, according to Cliff Mead, head of special collections for The Valley Library at OSU. The collections are expected to be a primary source of interest for researchers studying Malamud's career.