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  • Author:
    Harriet Wasserman
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    Fromm Intl; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
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Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American writer. For his literary work, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts

Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American writer. For his literary work, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times and he received the National Book Foundation's lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1990.

Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in Fine condition throughout. Jacket Condition:Fine. Harriet Wasserman presents a rare, intimate portrait of Saul Bellow, one of the leading figures of American letters, drawing from her thirty years with him as his literary agent and friend. Wasserman, who spoke to Bellow nearly every day during these years, lets us into a special relationship where she was t only Bellow's first reader and first-hand observer of his art, but also witness and trusted friend to the Saul Bellow behind the pages, seeing him: stand on his head, hop on one booted foot up a mountain road, play the.

Handsome Is: Adventures With Saul Bellow: A Memoir. It is a portrait of the artist at close quarters, and at a little distance; a confirmation of the deep autobiographical roots of Bellow's fiction; and a revelation of what it means to be the child, in this case one of three sons, of the most lavishly acclaimed American writer of the second half of the 20th century Joyce Carol Oates .

Handsome Is: Adventures With Saul Bellow by Harriet Wasserman is an ex-literary agent's revenge (Bellow fired her in favour of Andrew 'the Jackal' Wylie) setting out to reveal the male chauvinist pig behind the great man, while James Atlas?s long-awaited life split the critics utterly - i. .

Handsome Is: Adventures With Saul Bellow by Harriet Wasserman is an ex-literary agent's revenge (Bellow fired her in favour of Andrew 'the Jackal' Wylie) setting out to reveal the male chauvinist pig behind the great man, while James Atlas?s long-awaited life split the critics utterly - it seems one can't be objective about the king of subjectivity.

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Saul Bellow was a dedicated correspondent until a couple of years before his death, and his letters, spanning eight decades, show us a twentieth-century life in all its richness and complexity. Friends, lovers, wives, colleagues, and fans all cross these pages

Saul Bellow was a dedicated correspondent until a couple of years before his death, and his letters, spanning eight decades, show us a twentieth-century life in all its richness and complexity. Friends, lovers, wives, colleagues, and fans all cross these pages. Some of the finest letters are to Bellow's fellow writers-William Faulkner, John Cheever, Philip Roth, Martin Amis, Ralph Ellison, Cynthia Ozick, and Wright Morris. Intimate, ironical, richly observant, and funny, these letters reveal the influcences at work in the man, and illuminate his enduring legacy-the novels that earned him.

Handsome Is: Adventures with Saul Bellow, Harriet Wasserman (1997). Saul Bellow and the Decline of Humanism, Michael K Glenday (1990). Saul Bellow: A Biography of the Imagination, Ruth Miller, St. Martins Pr. (1991). Bellow: A Biography, James Atlas (2000). Press Release: The Nobel Prize in Literature, 1976, Swedish Academy.

Harriet Wasserman was Saul Bellow's literary agent for 25 years. She was also his first reader, typist, comforter and (for a night) lover. 'Handsome Is'' ends with a quietly angry narrative of this episode, and its title is meant as a rebuke to Bellow for his misbehavior. Wasserman's grievance may well be justified.

Wasserman, Bellow's literary agent for some thirty years, writes about her experiences with the writer and about the man himself and his work

Samuhn
You will probably only want to read this reminiscence if you are very interested in Saul Bellow. I found that I had an affinity for his work and read all of it. I then went on to read critical studies, biographies and memoirs of people who knew him. I came to realize my liking for his work did not extend to a liking for him. The character Ms. Wasserman paints of him is very much in accord with others - biographer James Atlas, son Gregory Bellow, novelist Mark Harris. Wasserman's book is a pleasure to read because it is written so well, never inflated, without invective. We get caught up in the insecure kid becoming a kingpin in New York publishing and remaining modest throughout. Her devotion to him is complete and way beyond what is expected of her. She supports him against detractors, runs his errands, is friendly to his wives and children, saves face, makes excuses for him he is too cowardly to do himself. He also developed a nasty habit of holding others responsible for problems he caused.
I cannot understand why no one has come up with the most obvious explanation for his behavior - that he has Narcissist Personality Disorder. Not even his psychotherapist/analyst son Gregory mentions this. He takes a very self-important view of himself to compensate for the emotional pains he suffered in childhood. He seems to feel entitled to whatever it is he wants regardless of others. While we're always told about how emotional he becomes at the pain inflicted on others he has no compunctions dropping long-held friendships when they no longer feed his ego or pocketbook. But many people seem to see through him because they are swept up in his fame. And he counts on that!
Ckelond
Saul Bellow may be famous, may be genius, may be alot of other things, but in the end, he is just another stunningly selfish jerk who used a talented lady the way he used Kleenex. Never mind that without her he would just be another has-been hack writer. Wasserman's revenge is in letting the man reveal himself for who he truly is. You'll want to give her a standing ovation. You'll also have fun reading about how ordinary selfish jerks can win all sorts of prizes for writing and you'll end up hoping the Jackal who now represents Saul Bellow gets the kind of revenge HE deserves as well. Wasserman's writing style is a bonus.......spare, subtle, witty. Her silent sword hits the spot!
Doomwarden
For Bellow fans, this slim book does give an insider's view of a very small portion of his creative life, written as it was by his literary agent of 25 years. In the final chapters, which relate how Bellow dumped her, late in his life, when he clearly did not need every dollar he could get, for another agent who wooed him by saying that he thought he could do better for him with his backlist. That makes Bellow seem like more of a money grubber than the great writer that he was.
Black_Hawk_Down.
As an up-and- coming literary agent fresh out of university young Harriet Wasserman met the already distinguished and famous writer, Saul Bellow. He flirted with her, courted her, and made of her his devotee. She for many years thereafter was his loyal literary - agent until he dropped her for another.

Out of pain and disappointment she tells the tale of their relationship.

It is an interesting inside look at the world of the agent, the world of publishing. And it confirms a certain picture of Bellow given in James Atlas' monumental biography i.e. Bellow knew how to be very good to Bellow. And there were not a few women disappointed by his giving them his attention, and then moving on.

What would be sad , and I do not know if this is the case, is if this story is the main narrative of the author's life.

Wisdom, I would suggest , is never in building one's life and hope around such ' star characters'. They invariably disappoint.