A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

Political Companions to Great American Authors

Edited by Gloria L. Cronin and Lee Trepanier

Contributions by Judie Newman, Ben Siegel, Michael W. Austin, Daniel K. Muhlestein, Carol R. Smith, Victoria Aarons, Andrew Gordon, Willis Salomon and Gloria L. Cronin

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

296 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813141855
  • Published: May 2013


  • Paperback
  • 9780813147413
  • Published: August 2014



Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's Gift was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In addition, his plays garnered popular and critical acclaim, and some were produced on Broadway. Known for his insights into life in a post-Holocaust world, Bellow's explorations of modernity, Jewish identity, and the relationship between art and society have resonated with his readers, but because his writing is not overtly political, his politics have largely been ignored. A Political Companion to Saul Bellow examines the author's novels, essays, short stories, and letters in order to illuminate his evolution from liberal to neoconservative. It investigates Bellow's exploration of the United States as a democratic system, the religious and ideological influences on his work, and his views on race relations, religious identity, and multiculturalism in the academy. Featuring a fascinating conclusion that draws from interviews with Bellow's sons, this accessible companion is an excellent resource for understanding the political thought of one of America's most acclaimed writers.