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Saul Bellow is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century American literature. Bellow's work explores the most important cultural and social experiences of his era: the impact of the Holocaust, the urban experience of European immigrants from a Jewish perspective, the fraught failures of the Vietnam War, the ideological seductions of Marxism and Modernism, and the changing attitudes concerning gender and race. This Companion demonstrates the complexity of this formative writer by emphasizing the ways in which Bellow's works speak to the changing conditions of American identity and culture from the post-war period to the turn of the twenty-first century. Individual chapters address the major themes of Bellow's work over more than a half-century of masterfully crafted fiction, articulating some of the most significant cultural experiences of the American twentieth century. It provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of a key figure in American literature.

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'A wonderful characteristic of this volume is that one can often 'hear' Bellow himself in dialogue with his critics and readers.'

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Willis Salomon , “Saul Bellow on the Soul: Character and the Spirit of Culture in Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein,” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas, 14.1 (2016): 127140.

Malcolm Bradbury , “Saul Bellow’s The Victim.” The Critical Quarterly, 5. 2 (1963): 122

Janis P. Stout , “Suffering as Meaning in Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day.Renascence, 39.2 (1987): 365

Robert Baker in “Bellow Comes of Age,” Chicago Review, 11.1 (Spring 1957)

Lee J. Richmond , “The Maladroit, the Medico, and the Magician: Saul Bellow’s Seize the DayTwentieth Century Literature 19.1( Duke University Press: Hofstra University, 1973): 2122

Robert Shulman , “The Style of Bellow’s Comedy,” PMLA, 83.1 (1968): 109

Ben Siegel , “Artists and Opportunists in Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift.” Contemporary Literature, 19.2 (1978): 143164, 143

Michael G. Yetman , “Who Would Not Sing for Humboldt?ELH, 48.4 (1981): 935951, 940

Gustavo Sánchez Canales , “‘The Benevolent Self Was a Disgrace Beyond Measure for Every Argentine Jew’: Between the Need to Remember and the Desire to Forget in Nathan Englander’s The Ministry of Special Causes,” Partial Answers, 13.1 (2015): 57

Saul Bellow , “A World Too Much with Us,” Critical Inquiry, 2.1 (Autumn 1975): 8

Ben Siegel , “Artists and Opportunists in Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift,” Contemporary Literature, 19.2 (Spring 1978): 151

Robert Boyers , “Attitudes Toward Sex in American ‘High Culture,’” The Annals of the American Academy of Political Science, 376, Sex and the Contemporary American Scene (March 1968), p. 42

Sarah Blacher Cohen ’s nuanced discussion of “Saul Bellow’s Hedonistic Joke,” Studies in American Fiction, 2.2 (Autumn 74): 223239

Letters, ed. Benjamin Taylor (New York: Viking, 2010)

Eusebio Rodrigues , “Bellow’s Africa,” American Literature, 43.2 (May 1971): 242256

Eric Strand ’s essay “Lighting Out for the Global Territory: Postwar Revisions of Cultural Anthropology and Jewish American Identity in Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King” in ELH, 80 (2013): 290

Bruce Michelson , “The Idea of Henderson,” Twentieth Century Literature, 27.4 (Winter 1981): 318

Steven Axelrod , “The Jewishness of Bellow’s Henderson,” American Literature, 47.3 (November 1975): 442

Matthew Roudané , “An Interview with Saul Bellow,” Contemporary Literature, 25.3 (Autumn 1984): 274

Willis Salomon notes, in Bellow’s novels, the “focus on personal depth involves the idea of ‘soul,’ which, for Bellow, resonates both in individual characters and in the ‘character’ of culture – one of Bellow’s career-long preoccupations, and one usually viewed as being in historical decline.” (“Saul Bellow on the Soul: Character and the Spirit of Culture in Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein,” Partial Answers 14.1 [2016]: 127128.)

Christine Bird discusses this contrast as part of the book’s concern with a return journey; seeThe Return Journey in To Jerusalem and Back,” MELUS 6.4 (1979): 52

Emily Miller Budick , “The Place of Israel in American Writing: Reflections on Saul Bellow’s To Jerusalem and Back,” South Central Review 8.1 (1991): 5970

John L. Brown , “A Review of It All Adds Up,” World Literature Today, 69, No. 1 (Winter 1995): 148

Saul Bellow , “A World Too Much with Us,” Critical Inquiry, 2, No. 1 (Autumn 1975): 7

Matthew C. Roudane , “An Interview with Saul Bellow,” Contemporary Literature, 25, No. 3 (Fall 1984): 276

A World Too Much with Us.” Critical Inquiry, 2.1 (Autumn 1975): 19.

An Interview with Saul Bellow.” Interview with Matthew C. Roudane . Contemporary Literature, 25.3 (Fall 1984): 265–80.

Greg Bellow . Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Lawrence Buell . The Dream of the Great American Novel. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Gloria L. Cronin A Room of His Own: In Search of the Feminine in the Novels of Saul Bellow. Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Michael K. Glenday Saul Bellow and the Decline of Humanism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990.

Peter Hyland . Saul Bellow. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

Judy Newman . Saul Bellow and History. London: Macmillan, 1984.

Jonathan Wilson . On Bellow’s Planet: Readings from the Dark Side. Rutherford: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1985.

Victoria Aarons . “Saul Bellow,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 230240.

Steven G. Axelrod The Jewishness of Bellow’s Henderson.” American Literature, 47.3 (November 1975): 439443.

Christine M. Bird The Return Journey in To Jerusalem and Back.” MELUS, 6.4 (1979): 5157.

Malcolm Bradbury . “Saul Bellow’s The Victim.” The Critical Quarterly, 5.2 (1963): 19128.

John L. Brown A Review of It All Adds Up.” World Literature Today, 69.1, (Winter 1995): 148149.

Emily Miller Budick . “The Place of Israel in American Writing: Reflections on Saul Bellow’s To Jerusalem and Back.” South Central Review, 8.1 (1991): 5970.

Mark Cohen . “‘A Recognizable Jewish Type’: Saul Bellow’s Dr. Tamkin and Valentine Gersbach as Jewish Social History.” Modern Judaism 27.3(2007):350373.

Bruce Michelson . “The Idea of Henderson.” Twentieth Century Literature, 27.4 (Winter 1981): 309324.

David Mikics . “Bellow’s Augie at Sixty.” The Yale Review, 102 (2014): 3042.

Eusebio L. Rodriques Bellow’s Africa.” American Literature, 43.2 (May 1971): 242256.

Matthew C. Roudané An Interview with Saul Bellow.” Contemporary Literature, 25.3 (Autumn 1984): 265280.

Willis Salomon . “Saul Bellow on the Soul: Character and the Spirit of Culture in Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein,” Partial Answers, 14.1 (2016): 127140.

Robert Shulman . “The Style of Bellow’s Comedy.” PMLA, 83.1 (1968): 109117.

Ben Siegel . “Artists and Opportunists in Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift.” Contemporary Literature, 19.2 (1978): 143164.

Eric Strand . “Lighting Out for the Global Territory: Postwar Revisions of Cultural Anthropology and Jewish American Identity in Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King.” ELH, 80 (2013): 287316.

Michael G. Yetman Who Would Not Sing for Humboldt?ELH, 48.4 (1981): 935951.192

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