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									Saul BellowSaul Bellow
A literary giant, Saul Bellow loomed large over writers attempting the Great American Novel, since many would argue that he has already achieved this feat at least once over. He was considered a foremost chronicler of the Jewish-American post-war experience, but the "human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work" are what won him the Nobel, and helped him transcend cultural and national borders.

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Saul Bellow
Also Known As:
Solomon Bellow (real name)
Date of Birth:
June 10, 1915
Place of Birth:
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Date of Death:
April 5, 2005
Place of Death:
Brookline, Massachusetts
University of Chicago, 1933-35; B.S., Northwestern University, 1937
National Book Awards for The Adventures of Augie March, 1953; Herzog, 1964; and Mr. Sammler's Planet, 1970; Pulitzer Prize for Humboldt's Gift, 1975; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1976

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								Herzog, Author: 
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by Saul Bellow
"Even those readers who consider themselves well-adjusted will recognize in ... Herzog not a stranger but a part of their very selves," Clifton Fadiman wrote in The New Lifetime Reading Plan. A compendium of unsent letters written by man exiled from his ex-wife's house, Herzog was the first American book to win the International Literary Prize and also won the National Book Award.
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*  The Adventures of Augie March (1953)
*  Henderson, the Rain King (1959)
*  Herzog (1964)
*  Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970)
*  Humboldt's Gift (1975)
*  Ravelstein (2000)

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								Henderson, the Rain King, Author: 
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Henderson, the Rain King
by Saul Bellow
It has long been rumored that folk singer Joni Mitchell was inspired to write "Both Sides Now" from a line in this novel, which is the satiric description of a malcontent millionaire's search for meaning in the universe. It's widely considered to be Bellow's most humorous novel.

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The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow
The New Republic has called Bellow's third title the "best postwar American novel"; Martin Amis called it the "Great American Novel." Whatever you call it, Bellow's chronicle of a Depression-era dreamer won him his first National Book Award and established him in the literary pantheon.

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Bellow: A Biography
by James Atlas
A writer for Salon quipped that Atlas had been "famously at work" on his Bellow biography "since he was in short pants." Well, actually it was about 10 years -- but Atlas delivered a "biographical tour de force," according to London's Evening Standard.

*Conversations with Saul Bellow  by Gloria L. Cronin (Editor), Ben Siegel (Editor), Ben Siegel (Editor)