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The life of Saul Bellow : love and strife, 1965-2005 / Zachary Leader.

Leader, Zachary, (author.).
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Washington Carnegie PL - Washington 813.52 LEA (Text) 21401000503067 Adult New Release Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781101875162
  • ISBN: 110187516X
  • Physical Description: xii, 767 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Fame and politics in the 1960s -- "All my ladies seem furious" -- Bad behavior -- A better man -- Distraction/divorce/anthroposophy -- The "Chicago book" and The Dean's December -- Nadir -- Janis Freedman/Allan Bloom/politics -- To seventy-five -- Papuans and Zulus -- Intensive care -- Ravelstein -- Love and strife.
Summary, etc.:
"When this second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow opens, Bellow, at forty-nine, is at the pinnacle of American letters--rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. Bellow never fell, producing some of his greatest fiction (Mr. Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, all his best stories) and winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize. At eighty, he wrote his last story; at eighty-five, he wrote Ravelstein. In this volume, his life away from the desk, including his love life, is, if anything, more dramatic than in volume 1. In the public sphere, he is embroiled in controversy over foreign affairs, race, religion, education, social policy, the state of culture, and the fate of the novel. Bellow's personal life was often fraught. In the 1960s he was compulsively promiscuous (even as he inveighed against sexual liberation). The women he pursued, the ones he married and those with whom he had affairs, were intelligent, attractive, and strong-willed. At eighty-five he fathered his fourth child, a daughter, with his fifth wife. His three sons, whom he loved, could be as volatile as he was, and their relations with their father were often troubled. Few writers had greater influence in literary and intellectual circles than Bellow, who advised a host of institutes and foundations--helping those he approved of, hindering those of whom he disapproved. Although an early and outspoken supporter of civil rights, in the second half of his life he was angered by what he saw as the excesses of Black Power; he also staunchly opposed cultural relativism. In making his case, he could be cutting and rude; he could also be charming, loyal, and funny. Bellow's heroic energy and will are clear to the very end of his life. His immense achievement and its cost, to himself and others, are also clear."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Bellow, Saul.
Novelists, American > 20th century > Biography.
Jewish authors > United States > 20th century > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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