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The Assistant (1957): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Bernard Malamud's The Assisstant

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eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBooks useful for researching The AssistantIf not on campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these resources.

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Malamud, Bernard

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Bernard Malamud as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Bernard Malamud's The Assistant. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Writers [supp 1, part 2]
  • Contemporary Jewish-American Novelists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9 11, 18, 27, 44, 78, 85] - look for The Assistant in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vol 5]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 1]
  • Masterplots [vol 1]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 2]
  • Novels for Students [vol 27]
  • Survey of Contemporary Literature [vol 1]
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism  (TCLC)- Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 129, 184] - look for The Assistant in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work

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