"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is": First Edition of Herzog; Warmly Inscribed by Saul Bellow
Item Number: 1792
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition of the author’s second of three National Book Award winning novels, which was and remains an unprecedented literary accomplishment. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Connie Houghton with thanks for many favors Saul Bellow.” The recipient was a student at The University of Chicago where Bellow taught. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Mel Williamson.
A novel complex, compelling, absurd and realistic, Herzog became a classic almost as soon as it was published in 1964. In it Saul Bellow tells the tale of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by sending out a series of letters to all kinds of people. The letters in total constitute a thoughtful examination of his own life and that which has occurred around him. What emerges is not always pretty, but serves as gritty foundation for this absorbing novel. "A masterpiece" (The New York Times).