On May 6th, 1990, author Saul Bellow visited the John Adams Institute to lecture on his work.
Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, 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). He has also contributed to Partisan Review, Playboy, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and Esquire, among others. He taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and the University of Minnesota. Bellow was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.
The evening was moderated by Derek Phillips, professor of Sociology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and included an interview and Q&A with the audience.
Saul Bellow died in 2005. Read his obituary from The Guardian here.
Moderator: Derek Phillips
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