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Saul Bellow [electronic resource]

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Saul Bellow is arguably the premier literary figure in the U.S. in the final decades of the 20th century. Erudite and entertaining, a novelist whose work booksellers and librarians shelve not under fiction, but under literature, Bellow has seen his work both transformed to the popular silver screen and graced with the Nobel Prize for Literature. In this program, he talks about himself and his characters; his childhood, parents, and education; how he came to be a writer; his views of the world and the people who inhabit it; and the role of ideas in literature.
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52 min.
12 & up
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 24, 2012.
  • Introduction (1:07)
  • More Die of Heartbreak (1:23)
  • Characters as Perceived Misfits (2:03)
  • Cosmopolitanism in Literature (2:21)
  • Bellow's Best Work (2:10)
  • Childhood (2:14)
  • Marxist Youth and Conservative Label (2:19)
  • Chicago (3:33)
  • The Writer and Human Existence (2:58)
  • Old Testament (1:06)
  • Jokes (1:51)
  • Writing a Novel (1:56)
  • Foundation of Humor (1:11)
  • Antiquated WASP Literary Tradition and Twain's Radicalism (1:44)
  • Rejection of Ideas in Writing (2:11)
  • Nietzsche and Ideas (1:23)
  • Herzog (2:09)
  • Enlightenment, Religion, and Secular Systems of Thought (3:16)
  • Death (2:28)
  • Women (1:21)
  • Nobel (2:17)
  • Cultural Decline (1:54)
  • Character (3:12)
  • Individuality (2:19)
  • Rejection of Closing Thoughts (0:40)
  • Credits: Saul Bellow (0:34)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1987.
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3389 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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