Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

Humboldt's Gift is a 1975 novel by Saul Bellow, which won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and contributed to Bellow's winning the Nobel Prize in Literature the same year. The novel, which Bellow intended to be a short story, is a roman à clef about Bellow's friendship with the poet Delmore Schwartz. It explores the changing relationship of art and power in a materialist America. This theme is addressed through the contrasting careers of two writers, Von Humboldt Fleisher (to some degree a version of Schwartz) and his protege Charlie Citrine (to some degree a version of Bellow himself).

The 304th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  2. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  3. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Saul Bellow: Novels 1970-1982 (LOA #209): Mr. Sammler's Planet / Humboldt's Gift / The Dean's December (Library of America Saul Bellow Edition) Hardcover 1057885 $41.13 $19.02 2010
Humboldt's Gift (Penguin Classics) Paperback 71425 $11.15 $4.18 2008
El legado de Humboldt/ Humboldt's Gift (Contemporanea) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 9674516 $13.87 $12.00 2006
Humboldt's Gift Audio CD 1296960 $29.40 $3,987.05
Humboldt's Gift Hardcover 609490 $44.56 $1.60
Humboldt's Gift Hardcover 2556460 $39.99
Humboldt's Gift Mass Market Paperback 2971685 $1.48
Humboldt's Gift (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Mass Market Paperback 846561 $7.46 $0.01 1996
Humboldt's Gift Audio CD 6409757 $75.60 $602.61 2008
Bellow: Novels 1970-1982: Mr. Sammler's Planet / Humboldt's Gift / The Dean's December (Library of America) Hardcover 156122 $16.00 $52.24 2010
Humboldt's Gift Hardcover 2769918 $45.00 $10.86
Humboldt's Gift (Penguin Classics) Revised Edition by Bellow, Saul (2008) Paperback 367356 $12.10 $3.93 2007
Humboldts Gift Hardcover 4119228 $2.88
El legado de Humboldt (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1214374 $6.99 2011
Humboldt's Gift Kindle Edition 88141 $9.99 2013
Humboldt's Gift Mass Market Paperback 8508407 $1.98
Humboldt's Gift (An Alison Press book) Hardcover 1800885 $55.62 $1.31 1975
HUMBOLDT'S GIFT - AVON #29447 Paperback 2499742 $24.95 $0.89
Humboldt's Gift Hardcover 1050167 $24.95 $0.01 1975