Saul Bellow

The most successful Jewish American writer may be the most ambivalent as well.

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In 1976, Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, coming on the heels of the National Book Award (which he won three times) and the Pulitzer Prize.

Bellow’s last novel, Ravelstein (2000), was a thinly-veiled biographical portrait of one of his U. of Chicago colleagues, Allan Bloom, best known for his book The Closing of the American Mind. Eventually, the phone rang for Bellow, and he picked up; he died in April 2005 at the age of 89, a giant of American letters and a paragon of American Jewish writers.

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Saul Austerlitz

Saul Austerlitz is a writer and film critic in New York.