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The Life of Saul Bellow

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The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader
Nov 06, 2018 | 784 Pages
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“A superb biography…quietly provocative…brilliantly calibrated to explore Bellow’s own central theme as a novelist.”
Mark Greif, The New York Times Book Review

“Revelatory… A narrative at once pointillist in its detail and sweeping in its scope.”
Chicago Tribune

“Zachary Leader’s The Life of Saul Bellow is that rarest of things, a towering biography that closes with a satisfying click.”
James Wolcott, The London Review of Books

“Masterful…Leader shows how deeply biographical Bellow’s novels were: ruthless autofiction in a gilt postwar American frame.”

“This masterful account of the second half of Bellow’s life is impressive in both content and accessibility… A compulsively readable biography.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This is a top-notch exploration of one of the most important midcentury writers.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is biography at its best and will appeal widely.”
—Library Journal (starred review)

“In this second volume of hisdefinitive biography of Bellow, Leader illuminates both Bellow’s remarkable personal experiences duringhis last four decades and the astonishing literary resonance of those imaginatively rewrought experiences…The many readers drawn to Bellow’s fiction will thank Leader forthis unflinching portrait.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“A comprehensive and intimate biography.”
—Jewish Week

“As a friend to Saul and as an awestruck admirer of his astonishing work, I was not always at ease reading portions of this painfully intimate biography. Nonetheless, the book’s sweep and majesty—like that of its subject—are not to be denied. All the personal strife is there, the controversies and the disasters, his magical power of observation, that intellect, along with a meticulous record of how, with what labor—the peasant doggedness and the meticulous workmanship and the grinding patience and the hard won inspiration—the great novels came to be written.”
—Philip Roth

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