Dangling Man (1944)
"In this imaginative journal, set against fresh and vivid scenes in Chicago, the author has outlined what must seem to many others an uncannily accurate delineation of themselves."
The Victim (1947)
"[S]o much contrivance in a realistic novel is acceptable only if it contributes to an understanding of what the novel is about. It is never clear what 'The Victim' is about."
The Adventures of Augie March (1953)
"This novel does not have the sense of suspension, of waiting for something, which gave Mr. Bellow's two earlier works their special atmosphere."
Seize the Day (1956)
"[T]he title story seems to me the most moving single piece of fiction that this young author has as yet written."
Henderson the Rain King (1959)
". . . an unsuccessful experiment, noble in purpose but dismal in result. . . . No one would wish to criticize so commendable a lesson. But . . . Mr. Bellow has tried to convey it in an unfortunate form."
"Over the past 10 or 15 years, Jewish writers . . . have emerged as a dominant movement in our literature. 'Herzog,' in several senses, is the great pay-off book of that movement. It is a masterpiece . . ."
Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (1968)
"[P]ublishers' practice of following up a major work with a collection of shorter (if not always slighter) pieces appears in the present instance, to have coincided precisely with [Bellow's] own deep preoccupations and concerns."
Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970)
"Bellow has succeeded in doing something he never quite managed before . . . He has created a character who embodies his ideas . . ."
Humboldt's Gift (1975)
"While the random contents of Saul Bellow's mind make better reading than most novels, they do not make for a good novel in this case because they are not integrated into the action . . ."
To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account (1976)
". . . a reader may find it frustrating, if only because one expects from a writer like Bellow more sustained argument, deeper probing. We don't get it. What we do get is often wonderful."
The Dean's December (1982)
"Bellow's style of novelization can be blamed for the oppressiveness of 'The Dean's December.'"
Him With His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories (1984)
"Saul Bellow himself is an exuberance-hoarder and . . . in this book at least, his crazy high energy is so very peculiar to him that it is only imperfectly communicated to the reader."
More Die of Heartbreak (1987)
"It's easy enough to get caught up by the story that Saul Bellow unfolds in his brilliant and funny but sometimes suffocating new novel . . . What is not so easy to accept is Mr. Bellow's narrator . . ."
A Theft (1989)
"As is so often the case in Mr. Bellow's fiction, there is something willed about the outcome. . . . Still, these are large, complicated people that Mr. Bellow is writing about . . ."
The Bellarosa Connection (1989)
"The subject of memory pervades Saul Bellow's intriguing but ultimately elusive new novella . . ."
It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future (1994)
". . . his ambiguities and contradictions are reflected in the first nonfiction collection . . ."
"[A] lively, lovely, haunting novel that caresses Allan Bloom's life via the thinly disguised eponymous figure Abe Ravelstein. . . . What a cause here for celebration. . . . rich, deep and unnervingly entertaining."
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AUDIO SLIDE SHOW
Saul Bellow's Gift
Edward Rothstein, a cultural critic for The New York Times, discusses the career of Saul Bellow.
Author Saul Bellow Dies at 89 (2005)
The Nobel laureate's darkly comic work gave new immediacy to the American novel in the second half of the 20th century.
An Appreciation by Michiko Kakutani
OTHER ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS
Talk With Saul Bellow (1953)
In an interview about "The Adventures of Augie March," Bellow said, "Today, the novelist thinks too much of immortality and he tries to create form. He tries to make his work durable through form. But you have to take your chances on mortality, on perishability."
Theater: 'Last Analysis' of Saul Bellow Arrives (1964)
For Bellow, Novel is a Mirror of Society (1975)
Saul Bellow Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (1976)
With Bellow in Chicago (1980)
A Talk With Saul Bellow: On His Work and Himself (1981)
Grass Vs. Bellow Over U.S. at PEN (1986)
Bellow on Love, Art and Identity (1987)
Saul Bellow Tries a New Approach (1988)
With Friends Like Saul Bellow (2000)
Saul Bellow on Birth, Death and All That Stuff in Between (2000)
ARTICLES AND BOOK EXCERPTS BY BELLOW
The Role of Reality in the Creation of Fiction (1962)
In an essay about Americans' preference for fact-based fiction, Bellow writes, "We understand, of course, that art does not copy experience but merely borrows it for its own peculiar purposes. Americans however do not find it always simple to maintain the distinction."
Bellow Reviews Arthur Koestler's 'Arrival and Departure' (1943)
How I Wrote Augie March's Story (1954)
The Search for Symbols Misses All the Fun and Fact of the Story (1959)
My Man Bummidge: Experiments as a Dramatist (1964)
Hidden Within Technology's Kingdom, a Republic of Letters (1999)
First Chapter: 'Ravelstein' (2000)