"A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life." So spoke Saul Bellow, one of the greatest American authors of the twentieth century. Rare book collectors have consistently been interested in Bellow's works, and that interest will only grow as his books get more scarce over time.
Bellow entered the American literature scene in 1944 with Dangling Man. Though reviewers criticized the novel's lack of definitive plot, they also noted that the book wonderfully captured the character and challenges of the American intellectual during the Great Depression.
Bellow established his literary prowess with The Adventures of Augie March (1954), which later won the National Book Award. Bellow won the award twice more, with Herzog (1965) and with Mr. Sammler's Planet (1971). He went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Humboldt's Gift (1976). These award-winning novels are easier for collectors to find. They fetch a premium if they're in exceptional condition or are inscribed by Bellow.
Meanwhile Bellow also ventured into play writing. His The Last Analysis (1965) is considered an excellent addition to any Bellow collection, although it can be difficult to find. He also penned numerous short stories. By his death in 2005, Bellow had published 14 novels and novellas; four short-story collections; a memoir (To Jerusalem and Back, 1976); and an essay collection (It All Adds Up, 1994).