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Saul Bellow Essay

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Saul Bellow is one of the greatest influential authors in American literature. His emotions and point of view during and after WWII impacted American society during the late 1900’s. Bellow created an mental and physical images, illustrating the social and political injustices of the Holocaust as well as illustrating the American life after WWII through the eyes a Russian-American man. Saul Bellow uses his writing to describe his life and help people find their purpose and meanings in the world. Although he lived through parts of the Great Depression; WWII impacted his writing career the most.
Solomon Bellows was born to Russian immigrant parents in Lachine, Quebec, Canada on June 10, 1915 and died on April 5th, 2005 in Brookline, Massachusetts (1), just two years after his parents had emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia (6). He was the youngest of four children to his father, Abraham, and his mother, Liza (3). Bellow had two sisters and one brother (6). He was raised in Montreal (3) and moved to Chicago in 1924 (2).
First he lived the slums on St. Dominique Street. His father, Abraham, blamed himself for the family’s poverty (6). Although he didn’t want Saul to see any of it, Saul still saw violence and sexual activities in the neighborhood (6). In Lachine, a medieval ghetto, Bellow learn to speak Hebrew, Yiddish, French, and English (6). Bellow spent one year in the Royal Hospital, in the Tuberculosis section, although he claims he didn’t had Tuberculosis, and had nothing to do but read books (6).
At age nine, his family moved to Humboldt Park in Chicago, which was a neighborhood filled with immigrants (6). He attended Tuley High School and ran track, swam and played tennis (6). His father continued to have financial problems and his mother died when he was 15 (6). At age seventeen he and his friend ran away to New York to sell their first novel but were unsuccessful (6). After studying at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology, He dropped the “s” on his last name and changed his first name to Saul (3). After receiving his bachelor’s he got married to Anita Goshkin on New Year’s Eve, 1937 (6). Anita gave Bellow his first son, Gregory (6). They later got divorced and he got married again on 1 February 1956 to Alexandra Tschacbosov and she gave him another son named Adam (6). He got another divorce and married Susan Glassman on 10 December 1961 and he had another son named Daniel (6). The after he divorced Susan Bellow got married to Alexandra Ionescu Tulcea in 1974 (6). In 1989 he married Janis Freedman (6).
When Bellow moved to Chicago in 1924 (2) the Immigration Act had recently been passed in May of that same year (7). This allowed him, his family and many other immigrants to move to the U.S. Years later the Great Depression started in 1929 (8). The Great Depression was a global economic crisis that devastated the economies of many nations and led...

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