New York: Viking Press, . 8vo, (7), 487pp. Original printed yellow wrappers, tiny stain on backtrip, edges just browned. Advance reading copy with insert from the publisher. Signed by Bellow, who won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature the same year. The novel, which Bellow initially intended to be a short story, is a roman à clef about Bellow's friendship with the poet Delmore Schwartz (In Dreams begin Responsibilities). It explores the changing relationship of art and power in a materialist America. According to his biographer: Saul Bellow (June 10, 1915 April 5, 2005) was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and the only writer to have been nominated for it six times.
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