The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Professor of English Literature Zachary Leader (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionFor much of his adult life, Saul Bellow was the most acclaimed velist in America, the winner of, among other awards, the Nobel Prize in Literature, three National Book Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Life of Saul Bellow, by the literary scholar and biographer Zachary Leader, marks the centenary of Bellow s birth as well as the tenth anniversary of his death. It draws on unprecedented access to Bellow s papers, including much previously restricted material, as well as interviews with more than 150 of the velist s relatives, close friends, colleagues, and lovers, a number of whom have never spoken to researchers before. Through detailed exploration of Bellow s writings, and the private history that informed them, Leader chronicles a singular life in letters, offering original and nuanced accounts t only of the velist s development and rise to eminence, but of his many identities as writer, polemicist, husband, father, Chicagoan, Jew, American. The biography will be published in two volumes. The first volume, To Fame and Fortune: 1915 1964, traces Bellow s Russian roots; his birth and early childhood in Quebec; his years in Chicago; his travels in Mexico, Europe, and Israel; the first three of his five marriages; and the vels from Dangling Man and The Adventures of Augie March to the best-selling Herzog. New light is shed on Bellow s fellow writers, including Ralph Ellison, John Berryman, Lionel Trilling, and Philip Roth, and on his turbulent and influential life away from the desk, which was as full of incident as his fiction. Bellow emerges as a compelling character, and Leader s powerful accounts of his writings, published and unpublished, forward the case for his being, as the critic James Wood puts it, the greatest of American prose stylists in the twentieth century.
- Author BiographyZACHARY LEADER is professor of English literature at the University of Roehampton in London. An American citizen, he has lived in Britain for more than forty years. In addition to teaching at Roehampton, he has held visiting professorships at Caltech and the University of Chicago. He was educated at Northwestern University; Trinity College, Cambridge; and Harvard University, and is the author of Reading Blake s Songs, Writer s Block, Revision and Romantic Authorship, and The Life of Kingsley Amis, a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He has edited Romantic Period Writings, 1798 1832: An Anthology (with Ian Haywood); The Letters of Kingsley Amis;On Modern British Fiction;Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works (with Michael O Neill); and The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie, and Their Contemporaries. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
- Author(s)Professor of English Literature Zachary Leader
- PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
- Date of Publication05/05/2015
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKnopf Publishing Group
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight1225 g
- Width165 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine43 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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