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The Life of Saul Bellow


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The second volume of Zachary Leader's definitive authorised biography of one of the greatest American writers

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Zachary Leader is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of Reading Blake's Songs, Writer's Block, Revision and Romantic Authorship and The Life of Kingsley Amis. Among the books he has edited are The Letters of Kingsley Amis and On Modern British Fiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Leader is our hyper-sensitive ammeter, charting the myriad effects of all this fame on his difficult, brilliant subject. A great feat of scholarship and, at the end, a moving testament to one of the last century's greatest writers. -- Claire Lowdon * Sunday Times, **Literary Book of the Year** *
This will stand as the definitive account. Leader talked to the surviving three wives and drew on the memories of Bellow's three sons, as well as more than 100 friends (and one or two enemies) and devout literary progeny including Martin Amis and the critic James Wood. -- Tim Adams * Observer *
This second volume of biography perfectly captures the spirit of a complex genius... Bellow calls for a sensitive balance between censure and understanding, to avoid overshadowing his genius, and it is hard to imagine anyone doing it better [than Zachary Leader]. -- George Walden * Evening Standard *Book of the Week* *
Zachary Leader's monumental biography of Saul Bellow...[is] minutely researched and clear-eyed... Leader is wholly steeped in Bellow's oeuvre and able to find all the fictional equivalents of the real people who filled his life. -- John Mullan * Guardian *
Leader's portrait manages to be both subtle and even-handed... Leader's two-volume biography is an astonishingly detailed and thoughtful record of an important life. -- Benjamin Markovits * Spectator *

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