Celebrated author Bellow to lecture Dec. 5Nobel laureate Saul Bellow will return to the campus where he taught for more than 30 years on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to present the lecture "Literature in a Democracy: From Tocqueville to the Present" at 5:30 p.m. in Mandel Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Bellow will visit campus as a Regents Park Visiting Scholar in the Arts and Social Sciences. The visiting scholar program is made possible by a gift from Martha and Bruce Clinton. Regents Park, an apartment complex in Hyde Park, is owned and operated by the Clinton Company.
Bellow received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976 and is widely considered America's most distinguished living writer. The author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed novels and works of nonfiction, including Herzog, Humboldt's Gift, Mr. Sammler's Planet and The Adventures of Augie March, Bellow also has won a Pulitzer Prize and three National Book Awards. His most recent book, It All Adds Up, is a collection of essays and criticism on literature, politics and other subjects.
Bellow taught at Chicago from 1962 to 1993 in the Committee on Social Thought, which is sponsoring the lecture along with the College, which Bellow attended in the 1930s. He currently is professor of literature at Boston University.
Last year's Regents Park Visiting Scholars were the novelists A.B. Yehoshua of Israel and J.M. Coetzee of South Africa. In January, the Regents Park Lecture in Opera, established in honor of Law School Dean Douglas Baird, will be given by Samuel Ramey. The American poet Mark Strand will spend the spring quarter on campus as a Regents Park Visiting Scholar in the Arts and Social Sciences.
For more information about the upcoming lecture, call 702-8649.