Books by Saul Bellow

THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT by Saul Bellow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2015

"This comprehensive collection illuminates Bellow's sense of his own identity and his changing world."
A nonfiction collection celebrates the centennial of Saul Bellow's (1915-2005) birth. Read full book review >
COLLECTED STORIES by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"One for the permanent shelf."
With the passing of Eudora Welty, our only living Nobel laureate remains virtually unchallenged as America's greatest writer of fiction (Roth, Mailer, Updike, Oates, and perhaps a handful of others). Read full book review >
RAVELSTEIN by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2000

"The work of a master, who has lost none of his unique ability to entertain, enthrall, and enlighten."
The Nobel laureate's first full-length novel in more than a decade (since More Die of Heartbreak, 1987) is a pungent intellectual drama that's short on plot but contains some of the sharpest, most provocative writing of his long and honorable career. Read full book review >
THE ACTUAL by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

Nobel laureate Bellow's recent penchant for the novella (A Theft, The Bellarosa Connection, both 1989) continues with this witty portrayal of late-life intrigue, politicking, and passion. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

"Sheen and fascination come off of every page."
Bellow (Something to Remember Me By, 1991) makes it seem—in his introduction to these essays, addresses, interviews, and journalism pieces—as though he'd been reluctantly corralled into collecting them. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY by Saul Bellow
Released: Oct. 3, 1991

In 1989, both in paperback original, appeared Bellow's hundred-page-or-so novella A Theft, followed a few months later by The Bellarosa Connection, which came in at about the same length. Read full book review >
THE BELLAROSA CONNECTION by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1989

"Subtle, complex, and tricky, a wry-toned look deep into gloom: fine, vintage Bellow in the shorter form."
Hard on the heels of Theft (1989), another Bellow 100-pager in paperback original: this time the tale of one Harry Fonstein, saved from the Holocaust by the underground organization of Broadway impresario Billy Rose (Bellarosa, to the wartime Italians), then later cold-shouldered by the show-biz celeb himself. Read full book review >
A THEFT by Saul Bellow
Released: March 28, 1989

"And Bellow's readers will have to be satisfied with the very substantial page-by-page pleasures of his narration: the dry wit, the edgy intelligence, the severely elegant prose, and the easy mastery of viewpoint, time-frame, and voicing."
The big news about Bellow's new novella (just a bit over 100 pages long) is that it is being published from the start as a paperback—a rare move for a blue-chip writer. Read full book review >
MORE DIE OF HEARTBREAK by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1987

"Still, there are great chunks of fine, funny Bellovian rhetoric here (that aphoristic blend of scholar and stand-up), along with enough sporadic narrative zing—amused, appalled vignettes worthy of a Jewish-American Balzac—to compensate readers for the longueurs and overall puffiness."
"You have longings, the male Eros does that to you; you take the sexual path and it leads you into lewdness, lewdness opens up into insanity, a world of madness rushes at you full face." Read full book review >
HIM WITH HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 1984

"Unfortunately, the longest piece here—the novella-length 'What Kind of Day Did You Have?'—is the least successful: the affair between a youngish divorcee and a famous old art critic becomes an uneasy frame for wrestlings with Marxism, celebrity, and intellectual hucksterism. But much of this welcome gathering presents the restless Bellow voice in full cry—taut, colorful, Talmudic, and large-hearted.?"
Family fiction and the fiction-of-ideas: these are the two competing concerns in Bellow's recent work—with the combination at its most problematic in his last novel, The Dean's December. Read full book review >
THE DEAN'S DECEMBER by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1981

"And every page of it commands the attention."
Rich yet dry and static, Bellow's somber new book (his first as Nobel laureate) is often more essay than novel: a wintery meditation on death—a death in the family, the death of American cities, the death of the planet—as filtered through the mind of Albert Corde, one of Bellow's least vivid or particularized alter egos. Read full book review >
TO JERUSALEM AND BACK by Saul Bellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1976

"The outing to Jerusalem and back earns him no peace of mind, and responsible readers have tough work ahead if they want to share the expedition's dry rewards."
Bellow goes to Israel in 1975—not to see the sights, but to talk, listen, and learn—and returns drenched in issues ("the facts are coming out of my ears") and keen on sharing his radar-oven exposure to the crossed wires (Israeli, Arab, Russian, American) that keep the Middle East just this side of all-out conflagration. Read full book review >
HUMBOLDT'S GIFT by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1975

"Still if one is left with ''a kind of light-in-the-being'' that can overcome the terminal terror, it will represent underachiever Humboldt's great achievement."
As a critic once observed: "The language is the character and the action. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1974

"O'Gorman and Bell make this a worthwhile volume — the others beat dead horses (automobiles?)."
They're still hacking away at that tired subject, technology. Read full book review >
MR. SAMMLER'S PLANET by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 1969

"Bellow has generally been considered our most intelligent and palpably stylish writer; beyond that there's the marvelous intellectual agility and animation; and of course the swaggering comic spirit which keeps Sammler, like Herzog, so triumphantly alive."
Mr. Sammler's planet will be terra firma to all Bellow admirers. Read full book review >
MOSBY'S MEMOIRS AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1968

"In none of them, except the first, is Mr. Bellow at his assertive best, but the stories are catchy commentaries on life, enlivened by Mr. Bellow's shrewd and sympathetic intelligence."
Six very various short stories, involving life styles and searches of one kind or another. Read full book review >
HERZOG by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"It should be read."
There are two things we can say. Read full book review >
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1959

"Nevertheless, this is a powerful, funny and moving book that shouldn't be missed by anyone seriously interested in the American novel."
The National Book Award winner's first full length novel since The Adventures of Augie March is as bursting with life and energy as that fascinating book and has an even more absorbing hero. Read full book review >
SEIZE THE DAY by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1956

"For a more selective audience, a provocative collection of incidental pieces."
Bellow's curious new admixture (a long short story, several shorter, and a play) stands midway between the Kalkaesque Dangling Man and the vital, tragicomic Adventures of Augie March. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1953

"A gorgeous job, with an enormous impact- both intellectual and emotional- which critical attention and publisher pressure may help to carry to the big market."
This is a wonderful book, if wonderful still means full of wonder. Read full book review >
THE VICTIM by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1947

"A story of New York today- in general introspective, thought provoking, but with the focus on the idea rather than the people, who are little more than lay figures."
Again a book on the theme of anti-semitism, but here is merely a fragmentary presentation without force, about which is woven a plot of nightmare quality. Read full book review >
DANGLING MAN by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1944

"An unsympathetic figure as portrayed; not very satisfying reading."
Diary of an interlude — as Joseph, undergoing the whimsies of his draft board, spends several months of contemplative inactivity while waiting for his letter from the President. Read full book review >