Bellow's People: How Saul Bellow Made Life Into Art


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

David Mikics is the Moores Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Houston. He is the author, most recently, of Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, and his writing has appeared in Tablet, the New Republic, and the New York Times.


In this novel approach to author Saul Bellow's work, Mikics . . . centers his study of influence and literary criticism around some key figures in the Nobel Laureate's life. . . . Mikics's larger thesis is that Bellow's writing exalts personality, and the sheer variety and depth of the real personalities he studies in this book deftly support that framework.
In his fresh and lively portraits of a number of leading figures in Saul Bellow's life, David Mikics has found a particularly appealing and revealing angle on Bellow's work. This is an exhilarating excursus into the alchemy that transforms close observation and indelible recollection into deeply felt fictional portraiture.--Morris Dickstein
Personality! Leave it to the brilliant David Mikics to find the perfect key to open up Saul Bellow's work. Bellow is our great literary artist of Personality! Mikics himself writes with the flair of a strong and vivid personality and creates a book of high good humor that is well worthy of Bellow.--Mark Edmundson
Bellow's People is an immensely winning book--incisive, vivid, and enjoyable, a feast for scholars and the general reader alike.--Ross Posnock