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Saul Bellow’s women problem

The novelist’s portraits of immigrant life in America drew on his tempestuous relationships but a new biography downplays them

By Sarah Churchwell   May 2015

American novelist Saul Bellow, centre, receives his Nobel Prize in Literature from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 1976. © Peter Knapp/AP/Press Association Images

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader (Jonathan Cape, £35)

In his 1979 novel The Ghost Writer, Philip Roth offered a sly sketch of a famous Jewish American novelist called Abravanel who…

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