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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Saul Bellow  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

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

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

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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).


'''Body of Work'''
-- Nobel Prize for Literature, 1976
-- Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by Republic of France (the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non-citizens), 1968
-- B'nai B'rith Jewish Heritage Award for

Excellence in Jewish Literature

, 1968
-- America's Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League by B'nai B'rith, 1976 (the first time this award has been made to a literary personage)
-- Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
-- Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2010

The Adventures of Augie March

-- National Book Award Winner in Fiction, 1954


-- National Book Award in Fiction, 1965
-- International Literary Prize, 1965 - Bellow was the first American to receive the prize.

Mr. Sammler's Planet

-- National Book Award Winner in Fiction, 1971

Selected Titles At Your Library

A theft /
ISBN: 043603963X. OCLC Number: 59235903

Alison Press,. .

Collected stories /
ISBN: 0142001643. OCLC Number: 45804631

Viking,. .

Collects stories featuring such characters as art critic Victor Wulpy, cheeerful and tragic Hattie Waggoner, and death-bed witness Dr. Braun.

Dangling Man
ISBN: 9780141389301. OCLC Number: 1003999880

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Dangling man /
ISBN: 0143039873. OCLC Number: 69332360

Penguin Books,. .

A would-be intellectual, drafted by the Army in World War II, isolates himself while awaiting the call to report for induction.

Henderson the rain king /
ISBN: 0141188804. OCLC Number: 153553743

Penguin,. .

An eccentric American millionaire, age 55, sets out to prove that there is more to life than waiting for death.

ISBN: 9780143107675. OCLC Number: 908860331

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A multifaceted portrait of a modern-day hero, a man struggling with the complexity of existence and longing for redemption.

Herzog /
ISBN: 0786162902. OCLC Number: 77463815

Blackstone Audio Books,. .

Herzog is the story of Moses Herzog, great sufferer, joker and moaner, cuckold, charmer, and man of our times. Seeing himself as a survivor, of his private disasters but also those of the age, Herzog cannot keep from asking what he calls the "piercing" questions.

Him with his foot in his mouth and other stories/ Saul Bellow.
ISBN: 0141180234. OCLC Number: 41076471

Penguin Books,. .

Humboldt's gift
ISBN: 0141389281. OCLC Number: 607182212

Viking Press,. .

Charlie Citrine, suffering from steadily worsening troubles with women, career, and life in general, receives unexpected aid and comfort in the form of a belated bequest from his onetime friend and mentor, the poet Von Humboldt Fleisher.

Humboldt's gift /
ISBN: 0786162554. OCLC Number: 319718299

Blackstone Audio,. .

Charlie Citrine, suffering from steadily worsening troubles with women, career, and life in general, receives unexpected aid and comfort in the form of a belated bequest from his onetime friend and mentor, the poet Von Humboldt Fleisher.

More die of heartbreak
ISBN: 0141913770. OCLC Number: 1003999100

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More die of heartbreak /
ISBN: 0142437743. OCLC Number: 15366651

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Kenneth Trachtenberg, the witty and eccentric narrator, has left his native Paris for the Midwest. He has come to be near his beloved uncle, the world-renowned botanist Benn Crader, self-described "plant visionary." While his studies take him around the world, Benn, a restless spirit, has not been able to satisfy his longings after his first marriage and lives from affair to affair and from "bliss to breakdown." Imagining that a settled existence will end his anguish, Benn ties the knot again, opening the door to a flood of new torments. As Kenneth grapples with his own problems involving his unusual lady-friend Treckie, the two men try to figure out why gifted and intelligent people invariably find themselves "knee-deep in the garbage of a personal life."

Mosby's memoirs and other stories /
ISBN: 0140189459. OCLC Number: 35566801

Penguin Books,. .

In six dark tales Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its presposterousness, poignancy and pathos. It includes "Leaving the Yellow House", "The Old System", "Looking for Mr Green", "The Gonzaga Manuscripts", "A Father-To-Be" and "Mosby's Memoirs."

Mr. Sammler's planet
ISBN: 9780141188812. OCLC Number: 226279521

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Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature, Saul Bellow's novel examines the life of Artur Sammler, a Holocaust survivor. A contemporary work, it looks at the events of the past and their effect on both the present and the future.

Mr. Sammler's planet /
ISBN: 0786162589. OCLC Number: 182730988

Blackstone Audio,. .

Observing different aspects of life from the relative serenity of England in the 1920's and 30's through World War II and the death camps in Poland to the chaotic and perilous streets of New York's upper West Side, Mr. Artur Sammler speculates on the future of life on earth and beyond.

Novels 1984-2000
ISBN: 9781598533521. OCLC Number: 898155409

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Collects the author's novels published between 1984 and 2000, including four short novels and two longer works.

Novels, 1956-1964
ISBN: 9780141913810. OCLC Number: 646990126

Library of America :. .

Novels, 1956-1964 /
ISBN: 159853002X. OCLC Number: 70660327

Library of America :. .

"Passionate, insightful, often funny, and exhibiting a linguistic richness few writers have equaled, the novels of Saul Bellow are among the defining achievements of postwar American literature. Novels 1956 1964 opens with Seize the Day, a tightly wrought novella that, unfolding over the course of a single devastating day, explores the desperate predicament of the failed actor and salesman Tommy Wilhelm. The austere psychological portraiture of Seize the Day is followed by an altogether different book, Henderson the Rain King, the ebullient tale of the irresistible eccentric Eugene Henderson, best characterized by his primal mantra "I want! I want!" Beneath the novel's comic surface lies an affecting parable of one man's quest to know himself and come to terms with morality; like Don Quixote, Henderson is, as Bellow later described him, "an absurd seeker of high qualities."" "Henderson's irrepressible vitality is matched by that of Moses Herzog, the eponymous hero of Bellow's best-selling 1964 novel. His wife having abandoned him for his best friend, Herzog is on the verge of mental collapse and has embarked on a furious letter-writing campaign as an outlet for his all-consuming rage. Bellow's bravura performance in Herzog launched a new phase of his career, as literary acclaim was now joined by a receptive mass audience in America."--Jacket.

ISBN: 9780143107576. OCLC Number: 892041304

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In time for the centennial of his birth, the Noble Prize winner's moving final novel Deeply insightful, Saul Bellow's moving last novel is a journey through love and memory, an elegy to friendship, and a poignant meditation on death. Told in memoir form, it follows two university professors, one of whom is succumbing to AIDS, as they share thoughts on philosophy and history, loves and friends, mortality and art. This Penguin Classics edition commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of Viking's first publication of Ravelstein. Featuring a new introduction by Gary Shteyngart, it rounds out the entirety of Bellow's major works in Penguin Classics black spine--

Ravelstein /
ISBN: 0141001763. OCLC Number: 42780381

Viking,. .

"Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously - and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's surprise he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS, and as Chick himself nearly dies."--Jacket.

Seize the day
ISBN: 9780141913759. OCLC Number: 1079349603

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Seize the day /
ISBN: 014118485X. OCLC Number: 45593023

Penguin,. .

Something to remember me by :
ISBN: 0436201178. OCLC Number: 27337227

Secker & Warburg,. .

Something to remember me by :
ISBN: 9781615879649. OCLC Number: 760756310

Playaway Digital Audio :. .

Three novellas by Nobel Prize winning author Saul Bellow are brought together in one collection.

The actual /
ISBN: 0141188847. OCLC Number: 175283765

Penguin,. .

The adventures of Augie March
ISBN: 9781510024236. OCLC Number: 946600880

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This is the fictional autobiography of a rumbustious adventurer and poker-player who sets off from his native Chicago in the spirit of a latter-day Columbus to rediscover the world - and more especially, 20th century America.

The adventures of Augie March /
ISBN: 0786186593. OCLC Number: 182730987

Blackstone Audio Books,. .

Augie March is a Jewish-American boy growing up fatherless and poor in Depression-era Chicago. He seeks a "special destiny", although his circumstances seem to position him for a uniquely disappointing life: his family consists of a simple-minded mother, a brother and "grandmother" who prove to be Machiavellian in their intentions, and an "idiot" youngest brother, Georgie.

The Bellarosa connection.
ISBN: 0436199882. OCLC Number: 21163259

Secker & Warburg,. .

The book is an exploration of the meaning of memory and the central character is an immigrant, rescued from Nazi-occupied Europe by an American Broadway producer.

The dean's December /
ISBN: 0141188863. OCLC Number: 175283766

Penguin,. .

The victim :
ISBN: 0141188839. OCLC Number: 175283764

Penguin,. .

The victim :
ISBN: 0141916796. OCLC Number: 1003999113

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