A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

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Gloria L. Cronin, Lee Trepanier
University Press of Kentucky, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 285 pages
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Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's Gift was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In addition, his plays garnered popular and critical acclaim, and some were produced on Broadway. Known for his insights into life in a post-Holocaust world, Bellow's explorations of modernity, Jewish identity, and the relationship between art and society have resonated with his readers, but because his writing is not overtly political, his politics have largely been ignored.

A Political Companion to Saul Bellow examines the author's novels, essays, short stories, and letters in order to illuminate his evolution from liberal to neoconservative. It investigates Bellow's exploration of the United States as a democratic system, the religious and ideological influences on his work, and his views on race relations, religious identity, and multiculturalism in the academy. Featuring a fascinating conclusion that draws from interviews with Bellow's sons, this accessible companion is an excellent resource for understanding the political thought of one of America's most acclaimed writers.

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About the author (2013)

Gloria L. Cronin is professor of English at Brigham Young University. She is coeditor of the Saul Bellow Journal and executive director of the International Saul Bellow Society, as well as coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representation in the Postmodern World.

Lee Trepanier is professor of political science at Saginaw Valley State University and coeditor of Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States.

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