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This is the Saul Bellow Presentation by Mallory Norfleet and Kasey Martin. It is for Dr. Carter's American Lit class.

This is the Saul Bellow Presentation by Mallory Norfleet and Kasey Martin. It is for Dr. Carter's American Lit class.

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  • Created By: Mallory Norfleet and Kasey Martin Saul Bellow
    • Born in Lachine, Quebec (suburb of Montreal) on June 10, 1915
    • Raised in Chicago
    • Abraham and Lescha Bellow (his parents) emigrated in 1913 from Russia to Canada
    • Family moved to Chicago in 1924 after father was beaten
    • His mother was very religious and taught him Hebrew and Yiddish as a young man
    • Jewish Heritage
    • His mother died when he was 17
    • In 1933 he attended the University of Chicago
    • Transferred to Northwestern University and studied anthropology and sociology
    • Graduated in 1937
    • Abandoned post-graduate studies at University of Wisconsin to become a writer
    • Taught at Pestalozzi-Froebel Teachers’ College (1938-1942)
    • Worked for Encyclopedia Britannica (1943-1944)
    • Served in US Merchant Marine (1944-1945) after being rejected into the Army due to a hernia
    • After the war he returned to teaching at the Universities of Minnesota, New York, Princeton, and Puerto Rico
    • In 1967 he served as a War Correspondent for Newsday
    • Bellows was a novelist and a playwright
    • Wrote three short plays that were produced on Broadway in 1966
    • Settled in Boston in 1993 and taught at the Univerisity of Boston
    • Bellow had three sons from his first four marriages
    • Married Janis Freedman in 1989 and had one daughter in 1999
    • Died on April 5, 2005 in his home in Brookline, Massachussetts
    • Guggenheim Fellowship in 1948
    • In 1965 Bellow was the first American to be awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog
    • In January 1968 the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres
    • In March 1968 he received the B'nai B'rith Jewish Heritage Award for "excellence in Jewish literature"
    • In November 1976 he was awarded the America's Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
    • Awarded Novel Prize in Literature 1976
    • DANGLING MAN, 1944
    • THE VICTIM, 1947
    • THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH, 1953 (won National Book Award)
    • THE WRECKERS, 1954
    • SEIZE THE DAY, 1956
    • HENDERSON THE RAIN KING, 1959
    • THE LAST ANALYSIS
    • TO JERUSALEM AND BACK. A PERSONAL ACCOUNT, 1976
    • MORE DIE OF HEARTBREAK, 1987
    • A THEFT, 1989
    • HERZOG, 1963 (won National Book Award)
    • MOSBY’S MEMOIRS AND OTHER STORIES, 1968
    • MR. SAMMLER’S PLANET, 1970 (won National Book Award)
    • HUMBOLDT’S GIFT, 1975 (awarded Pulitzer Prize)
    • Characters
      • Augie March-the main character who is young, mischievous, and Jewish-American born in Chicago.
      • Grandma Lausch-boarder of the house, not really the boys grandmother, assists in the major upbringing of the three boys, has the dominant authority of the household
      • Mama (Rebecca)- Augie’s mother who is very simple minded and raises the boys on her own after their father left
      • Georgie- Augie’s younger brother who was born an “idiot”
      • Simon- Augie’s older brother who is very intelligent and strives to be a wealthy businessman
    • Themes
      • Personal Identity:
      • Augie struggles throughout the book in finding himself. He is very immature and goes through many different jobs.
      • Honesty:
      • Augie is taught at a very young age that honesty is the most important factor in a person’s life, but people take advantage of it to get ahead in life.
      • Machiavellian Influences:
      • Grandma Lausch is the key factor in Augie’s outlook on life as a small child. Augie is faced with many Machiavellian influences that teach him to better understand the ways of the world
    • Summary
    • Augie lives with his mother, two brothers, and Grandma Lausch in Chicago. Augie’s childhood takes place during the Great Depression, where his family was supported only by his mother Rebecca. In the first chapter he describes each member of his family. Augie and Simon are taught about the lessons in life by Grandma Lausch. She teaches the boys to lie to the free dispensary in order to receive a pair of eyeglasses. Augie earns friendship with Stashu Kopecs by stealing clothes from lines, rubber balls from the dime store, and pennies off newspaper stands. Augie gets beat up by a gang that Stashu recently joined. He gets in trouble by Grandma Lausch because she says it is his own fault because he runs around with troublemakers. His mother is very frightened for him, but doesn’t say anything because she feels she has no authority over Grandma Lausch.
    • 1. Where was Saul Bellow born and where was he raised?
    • He was born in Lachine, Quebec and he was raised in Chicago.
    • 2. What is the setting of “The Adventures of Augie March?”
    • Chicago during the Great Depression.
    • 3. In what year did Saul Bellow receive the Nobel Prize for Literature?
    • He received the award in 1976.
    • 4. How is Grandma Lausch connected to Augie and his family and what is her role in the household?
    • Grandma Lausch is the boarder of the house; she is not really Augie’s grandmother. She is the authoritative figure in the household. Grandma Lausch is even dominant over Rebecca. She helps Rebecca raise her three boys.
    • 5. Grandma Lausch shows Augie that “wit and discontent” can go together and teaches him to lie— not because he needs to, but simply for the joy of the contest. How does this gaming spirit, this joy in subversion inform his later temperament?
    • Grandma Lausch teaches Augie that this type of behavior is okay. She also tells him that honesty is important but people take advantage of it to get ahead in life. This leads Augie to begin stealing with his friend Stashu.
    • Saul Bellow Biography http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1976/bellow-bio.html
    • Saul Bellow (1915-2005) http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/bellow.htm