Saul Bellow

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

-- Nobel laureate Saul Bellow, born on this date in 1915

I'm currently reading Saul Bellow's novel, Ravelstein, which is based on the author's friendship with Allan Bloom (author of The Closing of the American Mind). It's the first thing by Bellow that I've ever read. I want to read more--partly because I'm enjoying Ravelstein, and partly because, when reading Conversations with Walker Percy last month, I learned that Percy, one of my favorite writers ever, had great respect for Bellow's work.

Saul Bellow died just a few months ago, on April 5, 2005.


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