Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

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What is the role of the intellectual in Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift?

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Saul Bellow wrote Humboldt's Gift in 1975 as a loose adaptation of his own experiences in the literary world. The novel later won the Pulitzer Prize.

In the book, which is almost entirely about the world of writing, the idea of an intellectual is more of a higher, abstract ideal than a reality. While main character Charlie and poet Humboldt both aspire to literary excellence, they have different methods of doing so, and Humboldt in particular is prone to deep depression, during which he lashes out at...

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