Saul Bellow

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General Information

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Name: Saul Bellow

(Born Solomon Bellows, nicknamed 'Sollie')

Genre: Fiction

Born: June 10, 1915 in Lachine, Quebec, Canada

Died: April 5, 2005 in Brookline, Massachusetts (age 89)

Photo Credit: The University of Chicago

Celebrated on the Gwendolyn Brooks Building

"I myself am a wide reader, a consumer of many books. I grew up that way." -Saul Bellow

Illinois Connection

Saul Bellow was 9 years old when his family moved from Canada to Chicago. He continued to live in Chicago until his death. He was a long-time faculty member at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Saul Bellow is the dean of contemporary Illinois writers and one of the major 20th century American writers. He was the first novelist to win three National Book Awards. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975 for Humboldt's Gift, and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976. Bellow was a novelist, short story writer, essayist, dramatist, editor and translator.

A long-time faculty member at the University of Chicago, his novels combine a serious concern for ideas with a keen, often comic, mastery of the details of contemporary American life, including street life. Among his novels set either wholly or partially in Chicago are: Dangling Man (1944), The Adventure of Augie March (1953), Herzog (1964), Humboldt's Gift (1975), The Dean's December (1982), and The Actual (1997).

Published Works

  • Dangling Man, Vanguard, 1944
  • The Victim, Vanguard, 1947
  • The Adventures of Augie March, Viking, 1953
  • Seize the Day, Viking, 1956
  • Henderson the Rain King, Viking, 1959
  • Herzog, Viking, 1964
  • Mosby's Memoirs, and Other Stories, Fawcett, 1968
  • Mr. Sammler`s Planet, Viking, 1970
  • Humboldt`s Gift, Viking, 1975
  • The Dean`s December, Harper, 1982
  • Him With His Foot In His Mouth, and Other Stories, Harper & Row, 1984
  • More Die of Heartbreak, Morrow, 1987
  • A Theft, Penguin, 1989
  • The Bellarosa Connection, Penguin, 1989
  • Something To Remember Me By: Three Tales, Signet, 1991
  • The Actual, Viking, 1997
  • Ravelstein, High Bridge Company, 2000
  • Collected Stories, Viking, 2001

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Dangling Man (Penguin Classics)

ISBN: 0143039873
Release Date: 2006-09-26

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ISBN: 0141188839
Release Date: 2008-01-31

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Seize the Day (Penguin Modern Classics)

ISBN: 014118485X
Release Date: 2011-08-31

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Henderson the Rain King: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141188804
Release Date: 2011-08-31

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ISBN: 0786162902
Release Date: 2006-10-01

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Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

ISBN: 0140189459
Release Date: 1996-06-01

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Saul Bellow: Novels 1956-1964: Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog (Library of America)

ISBN: 159853002X
Release Date: 2007-01-11

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Mr. Sammler's Planet

ISBN: 0786162589
Release Date: 2008-01-01

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Humboldt's Gift

ISBN: 0786162554
Release Date: 2008-01-01

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The Dean's December

ISBN: 0141188863
Release Date: 2008

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More Die of Heartbreak (Penguin Classics)

ISBN: 0142437743
Release Date: 2004-08-31

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A Theft

ISBN: 043603963X
Release Date: 1989-06-05

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The Bellarosa Connection

ISBN: 0436199882
Release Date: 1990-01-15

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Something to Remember Me by: Three Tales

ISBN: 0436201178
Release Date: 1992-11-09

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Modern Classics Actual

ISBN: 0141188847
Release Date: 2008-03-25

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Collected Stories

ISBN: 0142001643
Release Date: 2002-10-29

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Literary Awards

  • Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976.
  • In 1954, he was the National Book Award Winner in Fiction for The Adventures of Augie March.
  • In 1957, he was a National Book Award Finalist in Fiction for Seize the Day.
  • In 1960, he was a National Book Award Finalist in Fiction for Henderson the Rain King.
  • In 1965, he won the National Book Award in Fiction for Herzog.
  • In 1965, Mr. Bellow was awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog, becoming the first American to receive the prize.
  • In January 1968, the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non-citizens.
  • In March 1968, he received the B'nai B'rith Jewish Heritage Award for "excellence in Jewish literature".
  • In 1971, he was the National Book Award Winner in Fiction for Mr. Sammler's Planet
  • In 1976, he was a National Book Award Finalist in Fiction for Humboldt's Gift
  • In November 1976, he was awarded the America's Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the first time this award has been made to a literary personage.
  • In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
  • In 2010 Mr. Bellow was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

External Links

Saul Bellow on WorldCat

Saul Bellow on Amazon

Website: Saul Bellow Society

Website: Wikipedia entry for Saul Bellow

Website: Nobel Prize in Literature


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