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.