Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

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What are some examples of symbolism in Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift?  

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Humboldt's Gift is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Saul Bellow, published in 1975 and based on experiences in Bellow's own life.

The main symbol in the book is writing -- not the writing of the book itself, but the writing that takes place inside the book. Charlie, the protagonist , and Humboldt, his tortured friend, both write works of great meaning, but while Charlie is generally happy in his life, Humboldt is under constant mental stress from manic depression,...

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