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Henderson the Rain King Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Release Date : 2013-03-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 1623730074

Summary: The most exuberant and funny of all Bellow’s novels, Henderson the Rain King remained the author’s personal favorite. Its outsized hero, Eugene Henderson, a mountain of a man, a millionaire, the father of many, remains adrift. Aggrieved, worn-out, all but defeated he longs to set things straight. Following the promptings of his unforgettable inner voice—“I want, I want, I want”—our hero finds himself in Africa. Henderson makes his way into a mythic sun-baked interior, where among exotic tribes he finds fellow seekers, teachers and soulmates. Whether blowing up a cistern full of frogs or learning to walk without fear among the lions, soulful, zany Henderson intends to burst his “spirit’s sleep.”

The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction Book by S. Halldorson

The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction Book
  • Author : S. Halldorson
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2007-12-09
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN Code: 0230609783

Summary: This book sets out to write nothing short of a new theory of the heroic for today's world. It delves into the "why" of the hero as a natural companion piece to the "how" of the hero as written by Northrop Frye and Joseph Campbell over half a century ago. The novels of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo serve as an anchor to the theory as it challenges our notions of what is heroic about nymphomaniacs, Holocaust survivors, spurious academics, cult followers, terrorists, celebrities, photographers and writers of novels who all attempt to claim the right to be "hero."

Ravelstein Book by Saul Bellow

Ravelstein Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-05-12
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 1101665459

Summary: Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously-and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's own surprise, he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or a life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS and Chick himself nearly dies. Deeply insightful and always moving, Saul Bellow's new novel is a journey through love and memory. It is brave, dark, and bleakly funny: an elegy to friendship and to lives well (or badly) lived.

The Victim Book by Saul Bellow

The Victim Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-11-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 1101665475

Summary: "The best novel to come out of America—or England—for a generation." —V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books A Penguin Classic In this unique noir masterpiece by the incomparable Saul Bellow, a young man is sucked into the mysterious, heat-filled vortex of New York City. Asa Leventhal, a temporary bachelor with his wife away on a visit to her mother, attempts to find relief from a Gotham heat wave, only to be accosted in the park by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his life. Unable to shake the stranger loose, Leventhal is led by his own self-doubts and suspicions into a nightmare of paranoia and fear. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by National Book Award winner Norman Rush. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century Book by Adam Kirsch

The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century Book
  • Author : Adam Kirsch
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 0393652416

Summary: An erudite and accessible survey of Jewish life and culture in the twentieth century, as reflected in seminal texts. Following The People and the Books, which "covers more than 2,500 years of highly variegated Jewish cultural expression" (Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review), poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch now turns to the story of modern Jewish literature. From the vast emigration of Jews out of Eastern Europe to the Holocaust to the creation of Israel, the twentieth century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewish writing: the novels, plays, poems, and memoirs of Jewish writers provided intimate access to new worlds of experience. Kirsch surveys four themes that shaped the twentieth century in Jewish literature and culture: Europe, America, Israel, and the endeavor to reimagine Judaism as a modern faith. With discussions of major books by over thirty writers—ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel to Tony Kushner, Hannah Arendt to Judith Plaskow—he argues that literature offers a new way to think about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world. With a wide scope and diverse, original observations, Kirsch draws fascinating parallels between familiar writers and their less familiar counterparts. While everyone knows the diary of Anne Frank, for example, few outside of Israel have read the diary of Hannah Senesh. Kirsch sheds new light on the literature of the Holocaust through the work of Primo Levi, explores the emergence of America as a Jewish home through the stories of Bernard Malamud, and shows how Yehuda Amichai captured the paradoxes of Israeli identity. An insightful and engaging work from "one of America’s finest literary critics" (Wall Street Journal), The Blessing and the Curse brings the Jewish experience vividly to life.

Dangling Man Book by Saul Bellow

Dangling Man Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-09-06
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 1101665440

Summary: An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow—now with an introduction by J. M. Coetzee A Penguin Classic Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Saul Bellow's first novel documents Joseph's psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Wapshot Chronicle Book by John Cheever

The Wapshot Chronicle Book
  • Author : John Cheever
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 0593312309

Summary: Winner of the National Book Award, The Wapshot Chronicle is John Cheever’s classic novel about one eccentric New England family. The Wapshots have called the quintessential Massachusetts fishing village of St. Botolphs home for eons, but now it is time for the next generation—brothers Moses and Coverly—to go out and see the world. Moses heads to New York City and, eventually, a remote island in the South Pacific, while his brother travels south to Washington, D.C., and a job “so secret that it can’t be discussed here.” Meanwhile, back in St. Botolphs, their father, Captain Leander, clashes with his fearsome Cousin Honora, who controls the family purse strings. By turns tragic and deeply funny, The Wapshot Chronicle is a masterful work of fiction—inspired by Cheever’s own adolescence—about one very odd family.

Him With His Foot In His Mouth and Other Stories Book by Saul Bellow

Him With His Foot In His Mouth and Other Stories Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Release Date : 2016-04-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN Code: 162373035X

Summary: Five of Saul Bellow’s most moving, richly textured, and exquisitely plotted short stories make up this volume, each providing a history of personality and self-awakening. The title story, “Him with His Foot in His Mouth,” follows a musicologist narrator who for years has scattered wounding witticisms “from the depths of my nature, that hoard of strange formulations.” As the story unfolds he tries to discover what led him into a “deep legal-financial hole,” while he awaits extradition from a refuge in British Columbia. “What Kind of Day Did You Have?” follows a divorced suburban woman and her lovers—would-be and actual—through a frantic day in their lives. Their needs and passions, as well as their comic conflicts, are matters of life and death. In “Zetland: By a Character Witness” and in “A Silver Dish,” Bellow returns, with his unequaled command of eloquent recollected detail, to a bygone Chicago, “Zetland” is a brilliant portrait of an artist as a young boy and a man, precocious and eccentric; “A Silver Dish” is a memorable story of a raffish, willful father and his affectionate son. “Cousins,” the final story in the volume, explores the mysteries of family feeling—mysteries that defy both logic and the worthiness of their objects, as Ijah Brodsky, successful in the larger world, is drawn into an encounter with criminal and naively idealistic forces. This collection represents a turning point in the bountiful career of Saul Bellow, a felicitous rendering of the human condition in all its absurd complexity.

Traces of Aging Book by Marta Cerezo Moreno,Nieves Pascual Soler

Traces of Aging Book
  • Author : Marta Cerezo Moreno,Nieves Pascual Soler
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release Date : 2016-05-31
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 3839434394

Summary: This collection consists of eight essays that examine the way narratives determine our understanding of old age and condition how the experience is lived. Contributors to this volume have based their analysis on the concept of »narrative identity« developed by Paul Ricoeur, built upon the idea that fiction makes life, and on his definition of »trace« as the mark of time. By investigating the traces of aging imprinted in a series of literary and filmic works they dismantle the narrative of old age as decline and foreclosure to assemble one of transformation and growth.

It All Adds Up Book by Saul Bellow

It All Adds Up Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN Code: 1623730333

Summary: In this collection of more than thirty essays, published in The New York Times, Esquire and The New Republic, the vast range of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction is made abundantly clear. In Bellow’s capable hands, a single essay can range fluidly across topics as various as the talents of President Roosevelt, the economic narrative of Jay Gatsby, and childhood adventures in Chicago. In this rich mix of literary, political, and personal musings, Bellow is able to explore subjects as enormous as the writer’s search for truth, and as minute as the discomforts of a French doctors’ office. Traveling from Washington to Spain to the Sinai Peninsula, and profiling friends and characters such as John Cheever and John Berryman, Bellow is keenly focused and perceptive. These pages, spanning a lifetime of thought and debate, present provocative arguments and erudite literary criticism, all with the wry humor of a great storyteller. In It All Adds Up, Bellow turns his view away from the sparkling characters of his novels, and towards the conditions and qualities of his own experience of writing and living.

The Actual Book by Saul Bellow

The Actual Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2017-05-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN Code: 0141917814

Summary: The story behind The Actual belongs to Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman who has never belonged anywhere.

Million Dollar Gift Book by Ian Somers

Million Dollar Gift Book
  • Author : Ian Somers
  • Publisher : The O\'Brien Press
  • Release Date : 2013-03-20
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN Code: 1847175279

Summary: Ross Bentley is a skateboarding slacker, who has hardly any real friends, communicates with his father by grunting and hates his job in the local supermarket. Ross also has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. That all changes when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest in which the organisers have challenged anyone to prove they have a superhuman skill. Any applicant who is successful will receive one million dollars prize money. Ross can't let this opportunity go by and enters the contest. He stuns the organisers by passing every test and wins the prize money. All does not go according to plan though; Ross's identity was supposed to be kept secret but when his test videos are leaked onto the internet he becomes a sensation. Within twenty four hours the entire world knows his name and what he can do. But fame is not all he has to deal with. He has attracted the attentions of others who have the gift, and not all of them are happy about his arrival on the scene.

Provinces of Night Book by William Gay

Provinces of Night Book
  • Author : William Gay
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2009-09-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 0307489868

Summary: It’s 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth is finally coming home to Ackerman’s Field, Tennessee. Itinerant banjo picker and volatile vagrant, he’s been gone ever since he gunned down a deputy thirty years before. Two of his sons won’t be home to greet him: Warren lives a life of alcoholic philandering down in Alabama, and Boyd has gone to Detroit in vengeful pursuit of his wife and the peddler she ran off with. His third son, Brady, is still home, but he’s an addled soothsayer given to voodoo and bent on doing whatever it takes to keep E.F. from seeing the wife he abandoned. Only Fleming, E.F.’s grandson, is pleased with the old man’s homecoming, but Fleming’s life is soon to careen down an unpredictable path hewn by the beautiful Raven Lee Halfacre. In the great Southern tradition of Faulkner, Styron, and Cormac McCarthy, William Gay wields a prose as evocative and lush as the haunted and humid world it depicts. Provinces of Night is a tale redolent of violence and redemption–a whiskey-scented, knife-scarred novel whose indelible finale is not an ending nearly so much as it is an apotheosis.

Humboldt's Gift Book by Saul Bellow

Humboldt's Gift Book
  • Author : Saul Bellow
  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Release Date : 2015-12-14
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 498
  • ISBN Code: 1623730325

Summary: With his uncanny wit and perception, Saul Bellow tells the story of Charlie Citrine, a young man whose life is reaching a critical moment. Over several years, Charlie’s almost obsessive love of literature has led him into a deep friendship with the renowned poet Von Humboldt Fleisher, and when Humboldt dies, the young man’s life rapidly begins to unravel. A stalling career and an ugly divorce feed Charlie’s instability, and he engages in dubious friendships and an unwise liaison with the wrong woman. Amidst the chaos of a life in shambles, Charlie emerges by virtue of a legacy left by his departed companion, a legacy that offers him a glimpse of a new trajectory.

A Political Companion to Saul Bellow Book by Gloria L. Cronin,Lee Trepanier

A Political Companion to Saul Bellow Book
  • Author : Gloria L. Cronin,Lee Trepanier
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2013-07-18
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN Code: 0813141869

Summary: 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.

The New Romanticism Book by Eberhard Alsen

The New Romanticism Book
  • Author : Eberhard Alsen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-02-04
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN Code: 1317775996

Summary: The New Romanticism is an overview of the romantic trend taken up by American novelists in the twentieth-century. Includes three classic essays by Saul bellow, Thomas Pyncheon, and Toni Morrison.

Major Characters In American Fiction Book by Jack Salzman,Pamela Wilkinson

Major Characters In American Fiction Book
  • Author : Jack Salzman,Pamela Wilkinson
  • Publisher : Holt Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2014-09-23
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 952
  • ISBN Code: 1466881933

Summary: Major Characters in American Fiction is the perfect companion for everyone who loves literature--students, book-group members, and serious readers at every level. Developed at Columbia University's Center for American Culture Studies, Major Characters in American Fiction offers in-depth essays on the "lives" of more than 1,500 characters, figures as varied in ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, and experience as we are. Inhabiting fictional works written from 1790 to 1991, the characters are presented in biographical essays that tell each one's life story. They are drawn from novels and short stories that represent ever era, genre, and style of American fiction writing--Natty Bumppo of The Leatherstocking Tales, Celie of The Color Purple, and everyone in between.

Fictions of Fact and Value Book by Michael LeMahieu

Fictions of Fact and Value Book
  • Author : Michael LeMahieu
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-02
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0199890412

Summary: Fictions of Fact and Value argues that the philosophy of logical positivism, considered the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerts a determining influence on the development of American fiction in the three decades following 1945, in what amounts to a constitutive encounter between literature and philosophy at mid-century: after the end of modernism, as it was traditionally conceived, but prior to the rise of postmodernism, as it came to be known. Two particular postwar literary preoccupations derive from logical positivist philosophy: the fact/value problem and the correlative distinction between sense and nonsense. Even as postwar writers responded to logical positivism as a threat to the imagination, their works often manifest its influence, specifically with regard to "emotive" or "meaningless" terms. Far from a straightforward history of ideas, Fictions of Fact and Value charts a genealogy that is often erased in the very texts where it registers and disowned by the very authors that it includes. LeMahieu complicates a predominant narrative of intellectual history in which a liberating postmodernism triumphs over a reactionary positivism by historicizing the literary response to positivism in works by John Barth, Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Iris Murdoch, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. As LeMahieu compelling demonstrates, the centrality of the fact/value problem to both positivism and postmodernism demands a rethinking of postwar literary history. A trenchantly argued study that unearths an important part of postwar literary history, Fictions of Fact and Value will interest anyone concerned with postmodernism, modernist studies, analytic philosophy, or the history of ideas.

The Midwestern Novel Book by Nancy L. Bunge

The Midwestern Novel Book
  • Author : Nancy L. Bunge
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2014-12-16
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 1476617856

Summary: With Huckleberry Finn, American fiction changed radically and shifted its setting to the middle of the country. A focus on social issues replaced the philosophic and psychological explorations that dominated the work of Melville and Hawthorne. Colloquial speech rather than elevated language articulated these fresh ideas, while common folk rather than dramatic characters like Ahab and Hester Prynne played central roles. This transformation of American literature has been largely ignored, while during the 130 years since Huckleberry Finn the Midwest has continued to produce writers whose work, like Twain’s, addresses injustice by portraying the decency of ordinary people. Since the end of the 19th century, Midwestern authors have dismissed the elite and celebrated those whom the power structure typically excludes: children, women, African-Americans and the lower classes. Instead of wealth and power, this literature values authenticity and compassion. The book explores this literary tradition by examining the work of 30 Midwestern writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley and Louise Erdrich.

Saul Bellow Book by Mark Connelly

Saul Bellow Book
  • Author : Mark Connelly
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2016-03-09
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN Code: 1476624852

Summary: A three-time National Book Award for Fiction winner, Saul Bellow (1915–2005) is one of the most highly regarded American authors to emerge since World War II. His 60–year career produced 14 novels and novellas, two volumes of nonfiction, short story collections, plays and a book of collected letters. His 1953 breakthrough novel The Adventures of Augie March was followed by Seize the Day (1956), Herzog (1964) and Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970). His Humboldt’s Gift won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and contributed to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature that year. This literary companion provides more than 200 entries about his works, literary characters, events and persons in his life. Also included are an introduction and overview of Bellow’s life, statements made by him during interviews, suggestions for writing and further study and an extensive bibliography.