Saul Bellow’s Centenary

June 10, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of American Jewish writer Saul Bellow (as well as the ten year anniversary of the author’s death). Most commonly known for his Bildungsroman The Adventures of Augie March, Bellow was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975 for his novel Humboldt’s Gift. To commemorate the author’s impact on modern American literature, friends and authors (including Martin Amis) will gather at New York’s cultural and community centre 92nd Street Y, one of Bellow’s haunts from 1956-2002, and pay tribute to Bellow by reading from his works. Publishers and critics have also released a series of books examining the author’s life and works. Nathaniel Rich at the New York Review of Books looks at two new books on Saul Bellow: The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader, and There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, edited by Benjamin Taylor. Read Rich’s review, ‘Bellow: The “Defiant, Irascible Mind”‘ here.




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