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Saul Bellow: Return of the Prodigal Son
the final lecture in our series on “The American Jewish Intellectuals”
with Ruth Wisse
Wednesday, August 30, 2019 at the Tikvah Center
There were writers and critics who believed that the marginal Jew—like Leopold Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses—was the literary archetype of the “alienated” modern man. Saul Bellow entered American literature with the solid confidence of a Jewish and American insider. He became the most acclaimed writer of his generation. We will see how his compounded double loyalty—the American and the Jew—coalesced into some of the greatest literature of the modern age.
Part I:

Part II (in conversation with Eric Cohen):