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The life of Saul Bellow : love and strife, 1965-2005 /

Zachary Leader.

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Author: Leader, Zachary
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Topics: Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography. | Bellow, Saul.
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300 |axii, 767 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :|billustrations ;|c24 cm
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500 |a"This is a Borzoi Book."
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 657-742) and index.
505 00|tFame and politics in the 1960s --|t"All my ladies seem furious" --|tBad behavior --|tA better man --|tDistraction/divorce/anthroposophy --|tThe "Chicago book" and The Dean's December --|tNadir --|tJanis Freedman/Allan Bloom/politics --|tTo seventy-five --|tPapuans and Zulus --|tIntensive care --|tRavelstein --|tLove and strife.
520 |a"When this second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow opens, Bellow, at forty-nine, is at the pinnacle of American letters--rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. Bellow never fell, producing some of his greatest fiction (Mr. Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, all his best stories) and winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize. At eighty, he wrote his last story; at eighty-five, he wrote Ravelstein. In this volume, his life away from the desk, including his love life, is, if anything, more dramatic than in volume 1. In the public sphere, he is embroiled in controversy over foreign affairs, race, religion, education, social policy, the state of culture, and the fate of the novel. Bellow's personal life was often fraught. In the 1960s he was compulsively promiscuous (even as he inveighed against sexual liberation). The women he pursued, the ones he married and those with whom he had affairs, were intelligent, attractive, and strong-willed. At eighty-five he fathered his fourth child, a daughter, with his fifth wife. His three sons, whom he loved, could be as volatile as he was, and their relations with their father were often troubled. Few writers had greater influence in literary and intellectual circles than Bellow, who advised a host of institutes and foundations--helping those he approved of, hindering those of whom he disapproved. Although an early and outspoken supporter of civil rights, in the second half of his life he was angered by what he saw as the excesses of Black Power; he also staunchly opposed cultural relativism. In making his case, he could be cutting and rude; he could also be charming, loyal, and funny. Bellow's heroic energy and will are clear to the very end of his life. His immense achievement and its cost, to himself and others, are also clear."--Jacket.
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