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Book review: 'Letters,' Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor
Book review: 'Letters,' Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor

Letters Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking: 608 pp, $35 Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of his fiction and also into the letters he fired off throughout his life. These bulletins from the biographical front, as it were, are now collected in a hefty, handsome volume and show that Bellow, while grappling constantly with moods that swung between euphoria and mad suffering, was never not reaching for rapture and grace. "It wouldn't do much to see matters clearly. With the sharpest eyes in the world I'd see nothing but...

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