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Saul Bellow

  1. 2. <ul><li>Nobel Prize for Literature winner in 1976 </li></ul><ul><li>Major representative of Jewish-American writers </li></ul><ul><li>Most famous for novel— The Adventures of Augie March </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>1925 Union Station completed </li></ul><ul><li>1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre—gang violence during prohibition era </li></ul><ul><li>1955 first McDonald’s restaurant </li></ul><ul><li>1973 Sears Tower completed </li></ul><ul><li>1979 American Airlines flight 191 crashes—deadliest airplane crash in US history </li></ul><ul><li>1983 Harold Washington became first African American major </li></ul><ul><li>1990s Chicago Bulls win 6 NBA titles </li></ul><ul><li>Cubs still haven’t won World Series title since 1908 </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Born Solomon Bello in 1915 in Lachine, Quebec (suburb of Montreal) </li></ul><ul><li>Parents were Russian Jewish immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>1924, family moved to Chicago after father was beaten from bootlegging. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>1933, entered University of Chicago but later transferred to Northwestern University </li></ul><ul><li>Received Bachelor’s Degree with honors in sociology and anthropology at Northwestern University in 1937. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Worked towards getting master’s degree in sociology and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. </li></ul><ul><li>After one semester, he dropped out and returned to Chicago to continue career in literature. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>His literature career involved teaching, editing, and writing fiction. </li></ul><ul><li>Besides brief service as marine in World War II, one year in Paris, and a short time living in New York City, he spent rest of life in Chicago. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Bellow rejected Ernest Hemingway’s “tough guy” model of American fiction. </li></ul><ul><li>He wrote about a wide range of cultural fields and tradition—popular culture and Russian-Jewish heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of Bellow’s works are written in first person, using characters of personal experiences. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Bellow’s Canadian birth, Jewish heritage, the several divorces he had, and his experience waiting to be drafted into the military are described in his characters in his first novel The Dangling Man (1944). </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>In 1948, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Paris and traveling in Europe, where he began The Adventures of Augie March. </li></ul><ul><li>His best-selling novel, The Adventures of Augie March won the National Book Award for fiction in 1954. </li></ul><ul><li>The Adventures of Augie March was one of many books that Bellow wrote that reflected his own life. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>One of many stories that Bellow writes that is based on men of with high sensibility and learning capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Recounts experiences of individual in quest for self-understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Augie March, protagonist, is born into immigrant Jewish family in Chicago before the Great Depression. </li></ul><ul><li>Augie’s mother is poor and blind, his younger brother George is mentally challenged, and his older brother Simon wants to become rich at a young age. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Each of the brothers live in rough times. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, Augie works several different jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>He becomes obsessed with women. </li></ul><ul><li>Augie tries to discover “the lesson and theory of power” </li></ul><ul><li>Augie is trapped in a very masculine world, more generous in his trust in women </li></ul><ul><li>He is unsuccessful and finds lies everywhere he searches. </li></ul><ul><li>The Adventure of Augie March is based on city life. </li></ul><ul><li>Bellow uses colorful, energetic characters who are obsessed with sex and/or making money in The Adventures of Augie March . </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Other works include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Victim (1947) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wreckers (1954) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seize The Day (1956) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Henderson the Rain King (1959) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herzog (1964)—National Book Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Samler’s Planet (1970)—National Book Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humboldt’s Gift (1975)—Pulitzer Prize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To Jerusalem and Back (1976) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Married 5 times </li></ul><ul><li>Ended academic career at Boston University </li></ul><ul><li>Retired in rural Vermont, where he died in 2005 </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>What type of immigrants did Bellow’s family come from? </li></ul><ul><li>What three colleges did Bellow attend during his life? </li></ul><ul><li>What was Saul Bellow’s most famous literary work? </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>The following links provided much information used in this presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>All 3 websites are from organizations, and not for commercial use. </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Virtual Library: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/bellow.html </li></ul><ul><li>Nobelprize.org: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1976/bellow-bio.html </li></ul><ul><li>Saul Bellow Society: http://www.saulbellow.org/ </li></ul>

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