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The Resource Novels, 1944-1953, Saul Bellow

Novels, 1944-1953, Saul Bellow

Label
Novels, 1944-1953
Title
Novels, 1944-1953
Statement of responsibility
Saul Bellow
Creator
Language
eng
Summary
  • Winner of the Nobel Prize and a towering figure of 20th-century literature, Saul Bellow is perhaps America's foremost living novelist. The Library of America begins its Bellow edition with a collection of his first three novels. Dangling Man (1944), an incisive character study cast in the form of a diary, depicts the anguish and uncertainty of a man known only as Joseph. Expecting to be deployed to the war overseas, Joseph quits his job and finds himself increasingly on edge when his draft board defers his enlistment. The first of his many books to take place in Chicago, Dangling Man is a spare, haunting novel in which Bellow lays bare Joseph's dilemma with rigorous precision and subtlety. The Victim (1947), which Bellow described as "a novel whose theme is guilt," is an unsettling moral parable. Left alone in New York City while his wife is visiting her family, Asa Leventhal is confronted by a former co-worker whom he can barely remember. What seems like a chance encounter evolves into an uncanny bond that threatens to ruin Leventhal's life. As their relationship grows ever more volatile, Bellow stages a searching exploration of our obligations toward others
  • In a radical change of direction, Bellow next wrote The Adventures of Augie March (1953), the book that established him as one of postwar America's most important novelists. Its hero, Augie March, grows up in a bustling Chicago peopled by characters as large and vital as the city itself, then sets off on travels that lead him through the byways of love and the disappointments of a fast-vanishing youth. Exuberant, uninhibited, jazzy, infused with Yiddishisms and a panoply of Depression-era voices, Bellow's prose is borne aloft by an ebullient sense of irony. Winner of the 1954 National Book Award and praised by writers and critics ranging from Alfred Kazin to Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis, The Adventures of Augie March has had a lasting impact that shows no sign of abating
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DLC
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Library of America series
Series volume
141
Label
Novels, 1944-1953, Saul Bellow
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dangling man -- The victim -- The adventures of Augie March
Control code
ocm51728722
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1029 pages
Isbn
9781931082389
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003040144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
CORE COLLECTION
Label
Novels, 1944-1953, Saul Bellow
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dangling man -- The victim -- The adventures of Augie March
Control code
ocm51728722
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
1029 pages
Isbn
9781931082389
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003040144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
CORE COLLECTION

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