The Life of Saul Bellow

The Life of Saul Bellow

To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964

Book - 2015
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"Based on much heretofore unavailable archival material and access to close relations, and extraordinary for the diligence of its scholarship, the unsparingness of its scope, and the engaging clarity of its prose, this book traces not only Bellow's rise to literary eminence--from the roots of his family in St. Petersburg, Russia, to his birth and childhood in Quebec to his years in Chicago and at the University of Chicago, to right before the breakout commercial success of his novel Herzog in 1964--but also Bellow's life away from the desk, which was rich with incident. In the mornings he wrote; in the afternoons, he went out and got into trouble. Often this trouble involved women--spirited, intelligent, beautiful women. And more: throughout we are given fresh and fulsome readings of Bellow's work, from his early writings and debut novel Dangling Man to Herzog"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307388933
030738893X
9780307268839
0307268837
9781101874677
Branch Call Number: 921 BELLOW, SAUL
Characteristics: xii, 812 pages, 24 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Oct 28, 2016

This first volume, of what will come to be known as the definitive biography of America's top writer of modern fiction, outstrips James Atlas's noble attempt. It's keeping me up late at night. Bellow's life was very like his main protagonists': picaresque, full of fun, pathos, romance/heartbreak, tense and comic scenes, adventures. Philip Roth was right when he named him the best, above him and all others. If you're a Bellow nut, this bio will satisfy --- to the max!

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