In his early work Bernard Malamud used Yiddish constructions and words reminiscent of the Jewish folk tradition of Eastern Europe. But with his first novel, The Natural, he embraced a Midwestern hero, the American pastoral, and a pastime he loved: baseball.
Leslie C. Berlowitz
Leslie C. Berlowitz is former president and chief executive officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is co-editor of three books, including America in Theory (1988, Oxford University Press) with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand, and Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (1990, Rutgers University Press) with Richard Eric Beard.
Posts by Leslie C. Berlowitz
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.