It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future

It All Adds Up From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future Bellow s work honored by a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer among other awards has made him a literary giant Now a lifetime of his insightful views on a range of topics springs off the page in this new n

  • Title: It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780670853311
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bellow s work, honored by a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer, among other awards, has made him a literary giant Now a lifetime of his insightful views on a range of topics springs off the page in this new nonfiction collection that encompasses articles, lectures, essays, travel pieces, and an Autobiography of Ideas.

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    About “Saul Bellow”

    1. Saul Bellow

      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 Marine 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 , and 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, Saul 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.

    808 thoughts on “It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future”

    1. Love the cover image--what a natty dude! Bellow's non-fictional ruminations are as rich as his novels and stories. He's really a novelist through and through--he can blend warmly specific personal recollection with abstract speculation like no one else. And that Bellow tone: wisdom and beauty that flows free and easy, a jaunty, slangy, conversational high style. This bundle of lectures and magazine pieces reads like a testament. A giant!


    2. Nearly all of the essays here are worth reading; some are less lively than others. I was pleasantly surprised to see Bellow had written something about Mozart, dating from 1992, but the essay is vaguely disappointing, borrowing heavily from Edward Holmes's 1845 biography, the pedestrian musings of a well-educated classical music dilettante more than anything else.Where Bellow has everyone beat is in his descriptions of Chicago, whether they pop up in his fiction or nonfiction. "The sun shone as [...]


    3. Not exactly a book: a materialized soul. You read it, and it is as if Saul Bellow was there, right beside you, guiding you through Mozart's geniality, taking you to Spain, Tuscany and - of course - Chicago; introducing you to his frieds and finally opening up his heart.While reading this one and for a while after you're done, you will not only be hearing Bellow's voice when thinking about certain matters, but also seeing things, in this world, through his large, oblong, ancient eyes.


    4. I've looked at Bellow differently since I read up on his checkered past re: issues of race and whatnot, including his mention in "Between the World and Me," in which Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes him as wondering who the "Tolstoy of the Zulus" is. But the guy's sharp as a tack regardless, and still the author of some of my favorite books. Some of these essays are boring, but some are infinitely interesting.


    5. I read Sartre's "Between Existentialism and Marxism" just recently so it was interesting to encounter Bellows' often angry resistance to what he sees as the cheapening of literature by intellectual or political posturing.I love Bellows' fiction so I was a little unsettled by evidence suggesting that he was often a cranky man who went in for dimestore psychoanalysis of his contemporaries - yet the eulogies for his friends are filled with genuine love. Zionism, American exceptionalism, and a love [...]


    6. MiscalculationThe late Saul Bellow has long been regarded as one of the best writers of the late 20th Century. His pugnascious prose, erudite observations and command of ideas made him a Nobel Prize winner, an accolade not awarded to either Updike or Roth, despite their great work. I loved some of his novels (Herzog, Henderson, Augie March, Humboldt's Gift, etc) and still revere his fiction.But unlike, say Updike, I did not know Bellow as an essayist. Compared to Updike, he did not seem all that [...]


    7. This was my first Bellow and a great disappointment. His essay writing here, sampled from the 50’s to the 90’s, is aristocratic, despite his apparent interest in being perceived as a salty Chicagoan like Terkel or Algren. He manages to write incredibly boring accounts of his travels to what should be incredibly interesting places. His account of a train ride in Spain consists of what he believes to be tiring conversations with the strangers he encounters. This is the raw material that writer [...]


    8. I like what Bellow has to say in these essays, and he basically says the same thing: that "serious fiction writing" has deteriorated. However, for whatever reason, although providing lists of shortcomings regarding contemporary fiction, he never mentions a particular author or book as an example. And he's from Chicago! Perhaps also, one could not write an anonymous book review prior to the internet, and especially prior to , where anyone can deride, heckle, denigrate, etc any book by any author, [...]


    9. Interesting to see Bellow more unbuttoned and casual in his non-fiction assessment of people, books, and politics. Wide ranging, touched with a knowing irony, and all presented from a fundamentally moral and humane perspective.


    10. Though his fiction his calling card, Bellow's essays are equally crafted with language, insight and erudition that is masterful


    11. Some homages to people and cities, some interviews, some essays. It's got the same complex and beautiful Bellow language as the fiction that I've read, but isn't as compelling as his fiction.



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