“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write": Saul Bellow's retained copies of the original contracts with Viking Press for his novels Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, and Mosby's Memoirs
Saul Bellow Signed Novel Contracts.
Item Number: 61091
New York: Viking Press, 1956-1968.
Saul Bellow’s retained copies of the original contracts with Viking Press for his novels Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, and short story collection Mosby’s Memoirs. Each contract is four pages, signed at the conclusion by Bellow. The first contract dated April 4, 1956 obligates Bellow to “three untitled novels in 1956, 1957, and 1958” to which Bellow has added a note indicating that one of these will be Henderson the Rain King. The second, dated August 27, 1964 confirms Bellow’s delivery of the finished work Herzog. The third, dated January 22, 1968 confirms Bellow’s delivery of “a volume of short stories entitled Stories consisting of approximately 60,000 words” to which bellow has added “Mosby’s Memoirs” in his hand. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Best known for his novels The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, and Herzog, Canadian American writer Saul Bellow's accolades include the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pulitzer Prize, and National Medal of Arts. The Sunday Times praised these achievements when it revered "Bellow’s oeuvre [as] both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary."