Saul Bellow Additional Biography

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Saul Bellow was born in 1915 to Russian parents who had emigrated to Quebec, Canada. Solomon Bellows, as the child was called, spent the...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bellow summarized his own literary goals as well as his achievement in his 1976 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In it, he declared that the novelist’s duty essentially is to affirm the value of the human soul, to record the ultimate triumph of the spirit in the midst of materialism. Indeed, Bellow’s novels insist on the primacy of the hero—suffering, questioning, doubting, and yearning—always central to the plot, not a peripheral element subject to its randomness.

Bellow’s distinction as a novelist is precisely his concern for character in conflict with society. His insistence on human values puts him at odds with many latter-day novelists and places him, instead, in the tradition of the great nineteenth century novelists who saw character as the central focus of the novel.

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Saul Bellow was born in Canada, spent his first nine years in the Montreal area, then moved to Chicago and graduated from high school there. He spent his first two years of college at the University of Chicago and the last two at Northwestern, graduating in 1937. That same year he began a brief interlude of graduate work in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. A few years later he started his writing career. He also taught at the University of Chicago from 1962 to 1993, moving to Boston University thereafter. He was married five times and had four children. In 1996, he became coeditor of a new literary journal, The Republic of Letters. Bellow died in 2005 at his home in Massachusetts.

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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Saul Bellow was born Solomon Bellows (he later dropped the “s” from his last name) in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, on June 10, 1915, the youngest of four children. Two years before, his parents, Abraham and Liza (Gordon) Bellows, had emigrated to Canada from St. Petersburg, Russia. The family lived in a very poor section of Montreal, where Bellow learned Yiddish, Hebrew, French, and English. In 1923, Bellow was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent half a year in Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. When he was nine years old, the family moved to Chicago, where they lived in the tenements of Humboldt Park.

In 1933, after graduating from Tuley High School, Bellow entered the University of Chicago. Two years later he...

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Saul Bellow grew up in the polyglot slums of Montreal and Chicago. He was saved from a bleak existence by his love of learning. He acquired a knowledge of Yiddish, Hebrew, and French, in addition to Russian and English. His Russian immigrant parents were orthodox Jews; Bellow’s exposure to other cultures led him to reject a purely Jewish identity. He discovered the work of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Theodore Dreiser, and Sherwood Anderson, all leaders in shaping Americans’ consciousness of their national identity.

After being graduated from Northwestern University, Bellow obtained a scholarship to pursue graduate study in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin but found his real interest lay in creative...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Saul Bellow (BEH-loh), one of America’s greatest novelists since World War II, was the youngest of four children of Russian-Jewish immigrants. The family moved to Chicago when Bellow was nine, and he attended public schools before going to the University of Chicago on a scholarship; he graduated from Northwestern University in 1937. Although his father wanted him to be a doctor and his mother wished for him a career as a Talmudic scholar, Bellow pursued his studies in anthropology and sociology.

By the late 1930’s, Bellow was married, and he had begun to read contemporary fiction and, in a back bedroom of his Chicago apartment, to write. He became employed with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a...

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(Short Stories for Students)

Saul Bellow is considered one of the greatest writers America has ever produced, having won every major writing award available, including...

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(Novels for Students)

Saul Bellow was born Solomon Bellows in Lachine, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal), the youngest of four children. His original birth certificate...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, in 1915, the youngest of four children, to Russian immigrant parents. He and his family...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Saul Bellow’s parents were Russian Jews who had emigrated to Canada. A precocious, intelligent child, he had learned not only English but also Yiddish, Hebrew, and French by the time the family moved to Chicago in 1924. Bellow always considered Chicago his spiritual birthplace. In 1933, he graduated from Tuley High School and enrolled in the University of Chicago, where, by his own account, he was peripatetic in his studies, drifting from one course to another, registering for one but finding another more interesting. Among novelists, Theodore Dreiser and Joseph Conrad were particular favorites, though Bellow seems to have read widely, especially in sociology. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in sociology and...

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(Novels for Students)

Saul Bellow is recognized as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. The youngest of four children, Bellow was...

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