Quotes by Saul Bellow

"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."

"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned."

"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is."

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

"It's usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart."

Books by Saul Bellow

  • Uomo invisibile
  • 162,356 ratings
  • April 1993 by Einaudi

    (first published April 14th 1952)

  • Seize the Day
  • 10,532 ratings
  • May 27th 2003 by Penguin Classics

    (first published November 15th 1956)

  • Humboldt's Gift
  • 8,461 ratings
  • June 1st 1996 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1975)

  • Ravelstein
  • 3,199 ratings
  • May 1st 2001 by Penguin Books

    (first published April 2000)

  • Dangling Man
  • 2,713 ratings
  • October 1st 1996 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1944)

  • The Victim
  • 1,828 ratings
  • March 1st 1996 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1947)

Saul Bellow
  • Saul Bellow

  • Date of birth: June 10, 1915
  • Died: April 05, 2005
  • Born: in Lachine, Quebec, Canada.

  • Description: Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

    Mr. Bellow's first novel, Dangling Man, was published in 1944, and his second, The Victim, in 1947. 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,, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1954. Later books include Seize The Day (1956), Henderson The Rain King (1959), Herzog (1964), Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (1968), and Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970). Humboldt's Gift (1975), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Both Herzog and Mr. Sammler's Planet were awarded the National Book Award for fiction. Mr. Bellow's first non-fiction work, To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account, published on October 25,1976, is his personal and literary record of his sojourn in Israel during several months in 1975.

    In 1965 Mr. Bellow was awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog, becoming the first American to receive the prize. In January 1968 the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non-citizens, and 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, the first time this award was made to a literary personage.

    A playwright as well as a novelist, Mr. Bellow was the author of The Last Analysis and of three short plays, collectively entitled Under the Weather, which were produced on Broadway in 1966. He contributed fiction to Partisan Review, Playboy, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Esquire, and to literary quarterlies. His criticism appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Horizon, Encounter, The New Republic, The New Leader, and elsewhere. During the 1967 Arab-lsraeli conflict, he served as a war correspondent for Newsday. He taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.