Zachary Leader on Saul Bellow with Martin Amis

NOV 12, 2018 | 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

C200: Proshansky Auditorium

WHEN:

November 12, 2018: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

CONTACT INFO:

X 2008

ADMISSION:

Free

SPONSOR:

Leon Levy Center for Biography

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Description

Please join us for Zachary Leader, in conversation with Martin Amis, on the second volume of Leader's two-volume biography of Bellow, Love & Strife: 1965 - 2005.When this volume begins, Bellow, at forty-nine, is at the pinnacle of American letters - rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. Bellow never fell, producing some of his greatest fiction (Mr Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, all his best stories), winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize. At eighty, he wrote his last story; at eighty-five, he wrote Ravelstein. In this volume, his life away from the desk, including his love life, is if anything more dramatic than in volume 1. In the public sphere, he is embroiled in controversy over foreign affairs, race, religion, education, social policy, the state of culture, the fate of the novel.