Short Stories for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, by David Galens

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Malamud is also known for his first short story collection, The Magic Barrel (1958), which won the National Book Award for fiction. Author Biography Bernard Malamud was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 28, 1914, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents who owned and operated a grocery store. Although his parents had little education and knew very little about the arts, Malamud found his way into the prestigious Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. He published his early short stories in the school's literary magazine, The Erasmian.

Dislocation" is a key word in this story, for it identifies the fundamental disruption in the natural order of things. Man, who is ordained to have dominion over the birds and the beasts, suddenly ; s has his authority threatened. There is not only a dislocation in the great chain of being but within people's minds. Reason and serenity are displaced by fear and panic in this unexpected reversion to a Darwinian world of the survival of the fittest. " Life within his small farmhouse takes on the character of Londoners during the airraids: the family huddles together, food is carefully accounted for, windows and other openings are sealed up, as they prepare for the invasion.

48. Lovecraft, H. ,' 'The Appeal of the Unknown,'' in Horror, Greenhaven Press, 2001, p. 29. Paglia, Camille, The Birds: BFI Film Classics, British Film Institute, 1998. Templeton, Wayne, "Daphne du Maurier," in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 191: British Novelists Between the Wars, Gale, 1998, pp. 85-94. Williams, Anne,' 'Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity, and the Gothic Imagination," in The Horror, The Horror: Recent Studies In Gothic Fiction, Vol. 46, No. 3, John Hopkins University Press, 2000, p.

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