Saul Bellow archives now organized and open for research

By CHRISTOPHER AMATI
Staff Writer
 
The personal papers of Saul Bellow, long-time University of Chicago (U. of C.) professor and world-renowned author, have been opened for research after a long effort to organize and catalogue them.

Bellow, whose well-regarded works such as “The Adventures of Augie March” and “Henderson the Rain King” were often set in Chicago and in particular Hyde Park, left the university 254 boxes of material ranging from drafts of his novels to correspondence with other famous authors, presidents and notable figures from around the world.
 
The material Bellow left the university has been catalogued in a Guide to the Saul Bellow Papers, 1926-2015. A gift from an alumni couple helped finance the effort to put the drafts, letters, and ephemera into order that will facilitate the work of researchers around the world. Bellow won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976, three National Book Awards, and received numerous other awards for his fiction.
 
Among the correspondence in the archive are letters to or from such figures as Samuel Beckett, Lillian Hellman an Arthur Miller.  Bellow, who died in 2005, attended the U. of C. as an undergraduate and taught there from 1962 to1993. The materials in the university’s collection also include photographs, audio recording, and artwork.

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