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The Resource Novels, 1970-1982, Saul Bellow ; [James Wood wrote the notes for this volume]

Novels, 1970-1982, Saul Bellow ; [James Wood wrote the notes for this volume]

Label
Novels, 1970-1982
Title
Novels, 1970-1982
Statement of responsibility
Saul Bellow ; [James Wood wrote the notes for this volume]
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The third volume of the Library of America's edition of Saul Bellow's complete novels collects three essential works: Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970), Humboldt's Gift (1975) -- and The Dean's December (1982). In each, Bellow shows himself a master of biting social commentary and bold characterization--above all through a trio of unforgettable protagonists. These novels, written in the period of Bellow's greatest literary and popular acclaim--he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976--are unsparing yet humane, and range widely in their philosophical and cultural concerns. They offer the indispensable voice of a great American raconteur and thinker
  • In Mr. Sammler's Planet, the anarchic forces of late-1960s America are set loose on Artur Sammler, a highly cultured septuagenarian and European émigré who seeks "with God, to be free from the bondage of the ordinary and the finite." A Holocaust survivor living out his latter days in Manhattan, Sammler endures the city's everyday barbarism, as shocking as it is casual, and must contend with absurd complications when a manuscript goes missing. Written shortly before the first moon landing, the novel's dark speculations, filtered through Sammler's urbane intelligence, are cosmic in scope
  • Humboldt's Gift depicts the deep and troubled friendship between the tormented poet Von Humboldt Fleisher and the renowned writer Charlie Citrine. Humboldt has died in squalid obscurity, but for Citrine the memory of their earlier days persists as counterpoint to a middle age studded with difficulties: a messy divorce, a demanding mistress, and the attentions of a Chicago hoodlum who claims that Charlie has cheated him. Writing of the book's "rich and suggestive" narrative voice, Sven Birkerts observes, "There is a feeling when reading this novel that a tightly rolled sultan's carpet has splashed open before our eyes."
  • In The Dean's December, Albert Corde experiences totalitarianism firsthand when he travels to Bucharest to visit his dying mother-in-law. As college dean in Chicago he has attracted controversy through his journalism and his role in a racially charged murder trial. Alternating between Romanian and American settings, the novel is a profound indictment of official hypocrisy and corruption on both sides of the Iron Curtain
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Bellow, Saul
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1965-
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  • Bellow, Saul
  • Wood, James
  • Bellow, Saul
  • Bellow, Saul
  • Bellow, Saul
Series statement
Library of America series
Series volume
209
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  • Holocaust survivors
  • City and town life
  • Intellectuals
  • Jewish men
  • Authors
  • Poets
  • Friendship
  • Deans (Education)
  • Americans
  • Social problems
  • Mothers-in-law
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Bucharest (Romania)
  • Chicago (Ill.)
Label
Novels, 1970-1982, Saul Bellow ; [James Wood wrote the notes for this volume]
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Note on the texts"--P. 1032-1033
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 1034-1064)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mr. Sammler's planet -- Humboldt's gift -- The dean's December
Control code
548596925
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
1064 pages
Isbn
9781598530797
Lccn
2010924272
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Novels, 1970-1982, Saul Bellow ; [James Wood wrote the notes for this volume]
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Note on the texts"--P. 1032-1033
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 1034-1064)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mr. Sammler's planet -- Humboldt's gift -- The dean's December
Control code
548596925
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
1064 pages
Isbn
9781598530797
Lccn
2010924272
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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