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Saul Bellow and His Seize the Day
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Bellow’s Contribution to Literature He was representative of the Jewish-American writers whose works became central to American literature after World War II. Bellow was among the most acclaimed and celebrated writers of his generation. WHY? A novelist who rejects the orthodoxy of modernism , Bellow's work is distinguished by his humanistic concern for character and his clear-sighted analysis of contemporary society .
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The Nobel Prize for Literature was presented to Saul Bellow on December 10, 1976. The Swedish Academy's presentation emphasized Bellow's contribution to contemporary fiction and his continued development as a writer. The Academy Identified two stages In Bellow's career his early novels for breaking away from the harshness of naturalism his later novels for their thought-provoking expansiveness.
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He wrote stories that reflected "human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture . . . entertaining adventure, drastic and tragic episodes in quick succession . . . exuberant ideas, flashing irony, hilarious comedy and burning compassion" . – the Nobel committee said in awarding him its literature prize in 1976. In his Nobel lecture in 1976, Bellow states that a "novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life" . This is the essence that molds his writings into magnificence.
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Bellow's novels spring from his idea that fiction moves back and forth between the world of appearances and another world, one that "moves us to believe that the good we hang onto so tenaciously --- in the face of evil, so obstinately --- is no illusion." His works are marked by an impassioned, learned, idiomatic first-person voice that can articulate the mood of an entire people through the revelation of the individual character.
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During a time when the concept of individualism was degenerating, Bellow, in his novels, stood out as the principal spokesman for the realization of individual selfhood. In the process, he became the most original literary voice of his time and the first American Jewish writer to transcend the boundaries of "Jewish- American literature" and establish himself as a major American novelist. He transcended the boundaries of his upbringing and stretched his literary canvas to embrace universal human concerns.
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As the seventh American author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Bellow followed John Steinbeck (1962), Ernest Hemingway (1954), William Faulkner (1949), Pearl Buck (1938), Eugene O'Neill (1936) and Sinclair Lewis (1930). Since then, I.B. Singer (1978), Joseph Brodsky (1987) and Toni Morrison (1993) have been awarded the prize.
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A List of Major Works 1944 --- Dangling Man 1947 --- The Victim 1954 --- The Adventures of Augie March 1956 --- Seize the Day 1964 --- Herzog 1970 --- Mr. Sammler’s Planet 1975 --- Humboldt’s Gift 1982 --- The Dean’s December 1987 --- More Die of Heartbreak 2000 --- Ravelstein
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