A review of his works leaves no doubt that Saul Bellow is one of the most important writers in American literature.
Mr. Bellow has produced ten novels, the first coming in 1944 and the most recent in 1987, two plays, two novellas in 1989 and various other shorter works of fiction. He has taught at several universities including Princeton, University of Chicago and University of Minnesota.
Bellow, of course, is best known for his novels, three of which won National Book Awards, the most by any author: "The Adventures of Augie March (1953); "Herzog" (1964); and "Mr. Sammler’s Planet" (1970). "Humboldt’s Gift" was written in 1975 as his seventh novel and won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize and the 1976 Novel Prize for Literature.
There is a general consensus among critics of contemporary American literature that Bellow’s novels represent the contemporary American novel at its best. More importantly, Bellow, unlike many other good writers, can count on a wide reading public. The most discerning critics and the general reader are in agreement, not an everyday occurrence.
Born in Canada in 1915, raised in Chicago, Bellow was educated at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin. He continues to live in Chicago writing and teaching.