Saul Bellow is a famous Jewish-American writer (recognized as being "representative"). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he was one of the most important post-war novelists for works
like Seize the Day
. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for Humboldt's Gifts
. He was a teacher, a soldier, and a writer--capturing modern America with his neurotic and unforgettable characters.
Philip Roth said of him: "The backbone of 20th-century American literature has been provided by two novelists – William Faulkner and Saul Bellow. Together they are the Melville, Hawthorne, and Twain of the 20th century."
Saul Bellow Birth:
He was born (named Solomon Bellows) in Lachine, Quebec on July 10, 1915. His parents were: Abraham (Abram) and Lescha (Liza). His mother died when he was 17; he later said, "My life was never the same after my mother died."
Saul Bellow Death:
He died at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, on April 5, 2005.
Saul Bellow Education:
He attended Tuley High School in Chicago as a boy. He read Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Shakespeare and 19th-century Russian novelists, including Dostoyevsky.
He attended University of Chicago starting in 1933. He transferred to Northwestern University, where he attended until his graduation in 1937. He attended Wisconsin University for postgraduate studies.
Saul Bellow Career:
He was a merchant marine during World War II (he wrote Dangling Man
, inspired by Notes from the Underground
). He taught at the University of Minnesota (1946-1948), but also at New York, Princeton and Puerto Rico. During that time, he also wrote The Victim
He moved to Paris (supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1948), where he started The Adventures of Augie March, which was published in 1953. Herzog (1964) is an important postwar novel. Take a look at other works...