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The setting is New York in the 1940's and the hero is waiting to be called up into the armed forces. His life until now is behind him and a totally new experiences lies ahead. Since he does not know whether his enlistment papers will arrive today, tomorrow, next week or next month he can settle to nothing, make no plans and finds concentration difficult. hen Dangling Man was published in America in 1944 few critics doubted that it was the debut of a major literary figure. When John Lehmann brought it out in England, Philip Toynbee wrote in the Observer- 'It is an extraordinary first novel if only because its intentions are so precise and its fulfilment of them so complete.'
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One of the most honest pieces of testimony on the psychology of a whole generation who have grown up during the Depression and the war, Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
In this imaginative journal, set against fresh and vivid scenes in Chicago, the author has outlined what must seem to many others an uncannily accurate delineation of themselves. The New York Times
An extraordinary first novel. The Observer"
-One of the most honest pieces of testimony on the psychology of a whole generation who have grown up during the Depression and the war, - -Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
-In this imaginative journal, set against fresh and vivid scenes in Chicago, the author has outlined what must seem to many others an uncannily accurate delineation of themselves.- -The New York Times
-An extraordinary first novel.- -The Observer
"One of the most honest pieces of testimony on the psychology of a whole generation who have grown up during the Depression and the war," -Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
Saul Bellow was born in Canada but brought to Chicago at the age of nine and educated there. He attended the Universities of Chicago, Northwestern and Wisconsin as well as fitting in a wartime stint in the Merchant Marine. is first novel - Dangling Man - was published when he was in his twenties. Later novels, The Victim, The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, The Dean's December and Him With His Foot In His Mouth And Other Stories have brought him innumerable literary grants, awards, prizes, scholarships, fellowships and honours not only in his own country but internationally as well. He is probably the only man to have received an Honorary Degree from both Harvard and Yale in the same year. He has also written plays, short stories, articles for learned journals, been a war correspondent in Israel and held positions in a number of universities in the United States and elsewhere. He speaks four or five languages and has travelled extensively. n 1976 Saul Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1984 President Mitterand m
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