Saul Bellow (10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was an award-winning American writer. Among his many distinctions are a Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes, and the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times (at the time of this post).
Fun Facts about Saul Bellow:
- Born as Solomon Bellows in Lachine, Quebec, Canada. His parents, Lescha and Abraham originally came from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
- When he was eight years old, Saul Bellow fell ill due to a respiratory infection. During this long period, he read a lot and decided to be a writer.
- Despite his sedentary occupation, Saul Bellows was a very fit man his whole life.
- Bellow studied at the University of Chicago and transferred to Northwestern University. Originally, he studied literature but thought the English department was antisemitic, so he switched to studying anthropology and sociology (graduated with honors).
- When attempting to enlist in the US armed forces during World War II, Mr. Bellows discovered that his family emigrated illegally. He became a naturalized citizen in 1941 and served in the merchant marine.
- During his service, Mr. Bellow finished his first novel, Dangling Man, published in 1944.
- The author taught at Yale University, New York University, Princeton, Bard College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Victoria (B.C.), and the University of Chicago.
- Bellow read a lot, but he also played the violin, and was a sports enthusiast.
- In 1976 Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his book Humboldt’s Gift.
- Philip Roth, Mr. Bellow friend and protégé said: “”The backbone of 20th-century American literature has been provided by two novelists—William Faulkner and Saul Bellow. Together they are the Melville, Hawthorne, and Twain of the 20th century.”
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