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(Born Solomon Bellows, nicknamed 'Sollie')
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
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).
- 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
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Ravelstein (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
Release Date: 2001-05-01
- 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.
Website: Saul Bellow Society
Website: Wikipedia entry for Saul Bellow
Website: Nobel Prize in Literature
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