Saul Bellow, Letters

John Banville on the correspondence of a great American novelist
Saul Bellow, Letters,
edited by Benjamin Taylor
John Banville reviews Saul Bellow's Letters in The Guardian: 'Of course, readers of Bellow will plunge into these letters eager to trace the making of a writer, and in this they will not be disappointed. Bellow was one of those artists who find themselves and their gift puzzling and worrisome. Early on, in 1941, while still in Flaubertian mode, he wonders if "maybe it is wrong to be too painstakingly careful and perhaps I might have been in print long ago but for that scrupulous observance of standards", and a lifetime later, in 1995, writing to thank Amis for his Everyman introduction to Augie March, he is still full of misgiving, that early book seeming to him now "one of those stormy, formless American phenomena – like action painting".' [Read more]

Source: John Banville, 'Saul Bellow: Letters', in The Guardian, 20 November 2010