AMERICAN WRITERS, Retrospective Supplement II by Charles Scribners Publishing

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Allbee accuses Leventhal of deliberately sabotaging his career to punish him for his anti-Semitism. Though he initially rejects Allbee's claims, Leventhal is haunted by guilt and doubt and allows himself to become drawn into Allbee's life. Allbee moves into Leventhal's apartment and takes increasingly bolder liberties with his privacy and property, culminating in an attempt to kill both himself and Leventhal by releasing gas into the apartment from Leventhal's oven. Perhaps the most important thing about The Victim in the context of Bellow's overall work is that it is his first attempt to grapple with his own experiences and perspectives as a Jewish writer.

NONFICTION To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account. New York: Viking, 1976. It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future: A Nonfiction Collection. New York: Viking, 1994. , and Elaine H. Hall. Saul Bellow: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1987. Field, Leslie, and John Z. Guzlowski. " Modern Fiction Studies 25, no. 1:149-170 (1979). Nault, Marianne. Saul Bellow, His Works and His Critics: An Annotated International Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1997. Noreen, Robert G.

I may well be a flop at this kind of endeavor. Columbus too thought he was a flop, probably, when they sent him back in chains. Which didn't prove that there was no America. These references to Columbus are particularly apt, as they point to both the pioneering nature of Augie's narrative and to the fact that it is, ultimately, a uniquely American story. Bellow later acknowledged that he was overwhelmed by the sense of discovery he felt when writing his third novel. "When I began to write Augie March," he told interviewer Gordon Lloyd Harper, "I took off many .

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