Bellow was the only to win the National Book Award three times, and one of few to win the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. A quick look at some of Bellows best known works:
Bellow's first novel, Dangling Man was published in 1944. The book is considered an "apprentice work." Dangling Man is told in diary format and follows the experiences of Joseph who is living in Chicago waiting to be drafted. Unemployed and dissatisfied, Joseph confesses his frustrations and worries.
The Adventures of Augie MarchA picaresque novel, The Adventures of Augie March (1953) recounts the story of the eponymous protagonist, who grows up during the Great Depression. Both TIME and the Modern Library Association have named this novel as one of the hundred best novels. It also won the 1954 National Book Award.
Seize the Day
Bellows fourth novel, Seize the Day was published in 1956. It is often considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The novel follows failed actor Wilhelm Adler through a day in the life and culminates with Adlers epiphany regarding his own responsibility in his failures.