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Saul Bellow: Nobel Prize in Literature Recipient-1976
by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Saul Bellow was an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. This was the most prestigious of the many awards for his writings.

In 1948, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and he spent two years in Europe. Here, he started “The Adventures of Augie March,” which won the National Book Award in 1955.

Saul Below became the first American to be awarded the International Literary Prize, 1965, for his book, “Herzog.”

The Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier Arts et Lettres, the highest literary award for non-citizens, in January, 1868.

In March, 1968, he received the B’nai B’rith Jewish Heritage award for “excellence in Jewish literature.”

In 1975, his book, “Humboldt’s Gift,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

In November, 1976, he was awarded the America’s Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. This was the first time that this award was given to a literary person.

In 1975, his book, “Humboldt’s Gift,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

From 1944 to 2001, he wrote 18 books (fiction). He also wrote two essays “To Jerusalem and Back” (1976) and “It All Adds Up” (1994.

He created many characters in his books such as Augie March, Moses E. Herzog, Arthur Sammler and Charley Citrine

Solomon (Saul) Bellow was born on June 10, 1915, in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, Canada. His parents were Jewish, who emigrated here in 1913, from Russia. His parents moved to Chicago in 1924.

His mother, Lescha (Liza) was a very religious person. She made sure that Bellow learned Hebrew and Yiddish. His mother was a great influence on him. She died when he was 17, which was a deep emotional shock for him.

Saul Bellow died on April 5, 2005, in Brookline, Massachusetts. One of his many quotations is “There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.”


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