|Malamud was the elder of two sons of Russian immigrants, proprietors of a grocery store in Brooklyn. His mother died when he was 15, his father remarried, and their family life disintegrated. He attended New York City schools, with a B.A. from City College in 1936. After graduation, Malamud worked briefly for the census bureau before he earned an M.A. in English literature at Columbia, with a thesis on the poetry of Thomas Hardy. Shortly thereafter, he began publishing short stories and teaching in various colleges, finally settling at Bennington in 1960, where he taught for the rest of his life. He was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as countless other honors. Malamud died at his desk, working on his last novel, "The People".