Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world.

Author: Saul Bellow

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101665459

Category: Fiction

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Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously-and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's own surprise, he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or a life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS and Chick himself nearly dies. Deeply insightful and always moving, Saul Bellow's new novel is a journey through love and memory. It is brave, dark, and bleakly funny: an elegy to friendship and to lives well (or badly) lived.
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Saul Bellow

Writing in The New York Times, D. T. Max noted that Bellow deleted several
references to AIDS. A line that originally stated that Ravelstein was "taking the
common drug prescribed for AIDS" was changed to read "taking the common
drug ...

Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786499267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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A three-time National Book Award for Fiction winner, Saul Bellow (1915-2005) is one of the most highly regarded American authors to emerge since World War II. His 60-year career produced 14 novels and novellas, two volumes of nonfiction, short story collections, plays and a book of collected letters. His 1953 breakthrough novel The Adventures of Augie March was followed by Seize the Day (1956), Herzog (1964) and Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970). His Humboldt's Gift won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and contributed to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature that year. This literary companion provides more than 200 entries about his works, literary characters, events and persons in his life. Also included are an introduction and overview of Bellow's life, statements made by him during interviews, suggestions for writing and further study and an extensive bibliography.
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A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

It is also Bellow's novel of 5elf-flagellation about assimilation and the relationship
of this to the indelible Jewish stain that is both Ravelstein and Chick. Ravelstein
appears in this book as a Greek aristocrat with a Jewish character who loves ...

Author: Gloria L. Cronin

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813141879

Category: History

Page: 296

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Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's Gift was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In addition, his plays garnered popular and critical acclaim, and some were produced on Broadway. Known for his insights into life in a post-Holocaust world, Bellow's explorations of modernity, Jewish identity, and the relationship between art and society have resonated with his readers, but because his writing is not overtly political, his politics have largely been ignored. A Political Companion to Saul Bellow examines the author's novels, essays, short stories, and letters in order to illuminate his evolution from liberal to neoconservative. It investigates Bellow's exploration of the United States as a democratic system, the religious and ideological influences on his work, and his views on race relations, religious identity, and multiculturalism in the academy. Featuring a fascinating conclusion that draws from interviews with Bellow's sons, this accessible companion is an excellent resource for understanding the political thought of one of America's most acclaimed writers.
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The Cambridge Companion to Saul Bellow

This book demonstrates the complexity of Bellow's work by emphasizing the ways in which it reflects the changing conditions of American identity.

Author: Victoria Aarons

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107108936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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This book demonstrates the complexity of Bellow's work by emphasizing the ways in which it reflects the changing conditions of American identity.
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Public Philosophy and Political Science

In his novel Ravelstein (2000) Saul Bellow presents the slightly encoded
biographical portrayal of his friend Allan ... According to Bellow's sympathetic
framing of Ravelstein, the original model for the fictional political philosopher had
only ...

Author: E. Robert Statham

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 073910294X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 225

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The crisis of western civilization is a crisis of public philosophy. This is the charge of Public Philosophy and Political Science, a stunning new collection of essays edited by E. Robert Statham Jr. Vividly cataloging the decay of the moral and intellectual foundations of civic liberty, the book portrays a generation of Americans alienated from institutions built on public philosophy. The work exposes the failure of America's political scientists to acknowledge and understand this alarming crisis in the American body politic. The distinguished contributors examine the evolution of public philosophy; the inextricable relationship between politics and philosophy; and the interplay between public philosophy, the constitution, natural law, and government. They reveal the dire threat to deliberative democracy and the fundamental order of constitutional society posed by public philosophy's waning power to refine, cultivate, and civilize. The work is an indictment of a society which has discarded a way of life rooted in natural law, democracy and the traditions of civility; and is a denunciation of an educated elite that has divorced itself from the standards upon which public philosophy rests. It is essential reading for philosophers and political and social scientists seeking to resurrect the standards of American public life.
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Encyclopedia of Jewish American Literature

2000 Work Author: Saul Bellow Ravelstein, Bellow's last book, is ostensibly a
tribute to his late friend and colleague Allan Bloom of the University of Chicago.
Critics have responded variously to Bellow's "outing" of his homosexual friendin
this ...

Author: Alan L. Berger

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 9781438140612



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Presents a reference on Jewish American literature providing profiles of Jewish American writers and their works.
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Crazy Age

Saul Bellow wrote Ravelstein when he was in his eighties. It is a novel about
death and dying in which an old man who is both its author and its narrator keeps
his promise to write the memoir of his younger friend Ravelstein, who is dying of ...

Author: Jane Miller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748117864

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Ever since I have inhabited old age, I have looked and listened, mostly in vain, for news of what it is like for others who inhabit it too. Naturally, I'm interested in its well-known depredations, the physical and mental ones that people in their forties and fifties so publicly dread. And who would not delight in the theatrical props of old age - the pills and sticks, the shrieking hearing aids and the tricks for countering the loss of names and threads and glasses. But that's not all. I have a fond hope that in old age there may be new kinds of time and of pleasure, perhaps even new kinds of vitality, and that, though we forget and muddle and fail to hear things, there may be moments when we truly understand what's going on for the first time. But then I've always been a late developer.' Deeply thoughtful, wry and resilient, this fascinating and absorbing book about growing older is a life-enhancing look at what all of us - if we are lucky - can aspire to.
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Ravelstein begins with the word " odd ” ; it introduces a reflection on the amusing
character of the benefactors of mankind . If this beginning is , as advertised , a ...

Author: Michael Davis

Publisher: St Augustine PressInc

ISBN: UOM:39015066743652

Category: Education

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"At a time when the cost of undergraduate education is soaring, it is worth attempting to gain some clarity about what liberal education is really for. Wonderlust attempts to sneak up on this question by both describing and exemplifying the centrality of wonder in thinking, and so in education."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Reactionary Mind

It is no accident that Paul Wolfowitz, the darkest of these dark princes of
pessimism, was a student of Allan Bloom (in fact, Wolfowitz makes a cameo
appearance in Ravelstein, Saul Bellow's novel about Bloom). For Bloom—like
many other ...

Author: Corey Robin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911882

Category: Political Science

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Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is "boring," said the founding father of the American right. "Devoting your life to it," as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. It's like sex." With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. What is conservatism, and what's truly at stake for its proponents? If capitalism bores them, what excites them? Tracing conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution, Robin argues that the right is fundamentally inspired by a hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free market, others oppose it. Some criticize the state, others celebrate it. Underlying these differences is the impulse to defend power and privilege against movements demanding freedom and equality. Despite their opposition to these movements, conservatives favor a dynamic conception of politics and society--one that involves self-transformation, violence, and war. They are also highly adaptive to new challenges and circumstances. This partiality to violence and capacity for reinvention has been critical to their success. Written by a keen, highly regarded observer of the contemporary political scene, The Reactionary Mind ranges widely, from Edmund Burke to Antonin Scalia, from John C. Calhoun to Ayn Rand. It advances the notion that all rightwing ideologies, from the eighteenth century through today, are historical improvisations on a theme: the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.
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