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Saul Bellow Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dangling Man (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Victim (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of Augie March (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seize the Day (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Henderson the Rain King (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Herzog (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Humboldt's Gift (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dean's December (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Die of Heartbreak (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Theft (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Actual (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ravelstein (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Bellarosa Connection (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leaving the Yellow House (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

The Last Analysis (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Mosby's Memoirs (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portable Saul Bellow (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Him With His Foot in His Mouth (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something to Remember Me By (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Stories (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novels 1944–1953 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novels 1956–1964 (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novels 1970–1982 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Novels 1984–2000 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Is Simply Too Much to Think about (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Recent American Fiction (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Technology and the Frontiers of Knowledge (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Jerusalem and Back (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summations (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It All Adds Up (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conversations with Saul Bellow (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Settling My Accounts Before I Go Away (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews(1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Granta 10(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Jewish Short Stories(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good Parts(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wonderful Town(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writers on Writing(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Saul Bellow

A Canadian-born American novelist, Saul Bellow was an extremely well-regarded novelist during his lifetime. Entertaining the reader, it was his unique picaresque style that would draw in readers from around the world and continue to do so to this day. Publishing realistic stories, he would focus on character-driven plots, using humor and heart to give his book a strong, grounded center. Drawing inspiration from a whole range of different authors, his writing has been hugely influential over the years.

There were several themes that he would return to time and time again, examining subjects such as spiritual isolation and dissociation. Optimistic, too, he would seek to understand what a human awakening offered and how it could potentially heal and advance people. Taking inspiration from his home city of Chicago, too, he would take stories from his surrounding environment, putting it all back into his work. This approach would help him to create a unique voice that remains just as singular today as it ever was since he began writing.

The characters he creates are also well written, as they all feel wholly alive and real for the reader, with many of his protagonists becoming iconic themselves. Often writing about characters from the underclass, his protagonists seek to move up in the world, as they’re typically ambitious dreamers. Showing interest in what drove people, he was also a playwright, creating genuine and heartfelt interactions between each of his cast. His legacy remains to this very day, as his writing continues to inspire many readers and writers from around the world.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Lachine, Quebec, on the 10th of June in 1915, Solomon Bellows was raised there until he was nine when he and his family moved to Chicago. Growing up with three elder siblings, his parents were Lithuanian-Jewish, having emigrated from Saint Petersburg in Russia. Raised with a love of literature, he would read Shakespeare and many of the classic Russian novelists from the 19th century.

Later attending the University of Chicago, he would soon go on to transfer to Northwestern University, having studied literature and then anthropology and sociology. This study would come to influence his work in time, too, and, during the Second World War, he would serve as a merchant marine. Marrying five times, he would have children and would pass away in 2005 on the 5th of April in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Writing Career

It was in 1944 that Saul Bellows would publish his first novel, beginning his career with the book ‘Dangling Man.’ This book would be based on his time waiting to be drafted, with the central protagonist considering this, as he’s left waiting to go into service. After this, he’d go on to write a number of other novels, many of them dealing with modern civilization and themes surrounding its nature.

Over time his fiction has gone on to be regarded as some of the best American fiction of its era, with many contemporary writers citing him as one of the best. Winning numerous awards during his career, including a Pulitzer and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976, he’s not without his plaudits either. Adapted for the big screen, too, he’s seen his work reach far and wide as readers continue to discover his work every day.

The Adventures of Augie March

First brought out in 1953, this would be published on the 18th of September and would come out through the ‘Viking Press’ publishing imprint. A picaresque novel, the narrative is fairly loose, with an easy-to-follow story that’s more about character than it is about the plot. Winning a National Book Award for Fiction the following year of its release in 1954, it stands firm as one of the best English novels to date.

Brought up by their single mother, Augie and his siblings have no father, and Augie drifts from situation to situation. Whether it’s working for a slightly corrupt official or working in a coal-tip, he floats between employment as the story follows him to full and stable maturity. Similarly, with women, he also finds himself engaged to a number of different partners, and he’s continually encouraged back into education. Coming from a poorer family, he is seeking to discover himself, finding his true station in life finally once and for all.

It’s a well-written novel with a lot to say, as it subverts the traditional concept of the ‘American hero,’ giving them an altogether more grounded perspective. Looking for an identity, it’s no surprise that it is widely regarded as one of the great American novels, really resonating with readers. The character of Augie himself is very well established, staying with the reader long after the book is finished.

Seize the Day

This would originally come out in 1956 on the 15th of November, being a stand-alone title published through the ‘Viking’ label. Adapted into a TV movie in 1986 starring Robin Williams in the lead role, it’s one of his successful novels. Once again, it’s a character-driven piece, with a story and narrative that drifts, looking more at the personality of its central protagonist.

Taking place over just one day, Wilhelm Adler is living in a hotel as a failed actor in his forties. Unemployed and separated from his wife, he’s also estranged from his children too, living with a once-respected former doctor and an older man. Now he must put his life into perspective, looking at the events that have all led up to this point, landing him here. As he takes stock of everything, he must reckon with his own immaturity and finally accept who he is once and for all.

While not much may appear to happen on the surface, it’s everything that’s simmering just underneath that really makes this work. The central character of Adler is so well drawn it really puts the reader into his mindset, giving them a first-hand view of his world. Many of the themes and ideas are also well established too, as the protagonist must face up to where his life is going.

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