The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to host Greg Bellow, who will discuss with JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen what it was like to grow up with legendary author Saul Bellow as a father, as well as the older Bellow's personal, religious, and spiritual life. The event will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at JTS's campus at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/bellow or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.
Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest writers, Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was the author of The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt's Gift, Ravelstein, and other works. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts.
Greg Bellow, who has just published Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir, portrays the evolution of his father and his work:
"According to Gloria Cronin, a Saul Bellow scholar, my father had a spiritual crisis after the upheavals of the late 1960's and the Six Day War, which he covered as a newspaper reporter.
What I observed in him in the decades that followed was a change from the viewpoint of a rebellious son-the optimistic man I call young Saul-into a patriarchal father I call old Saul, a man who had lost faith in improving a world infused with evils; who, nearing 60, turned his attention to death and to matters of the spirit."
What was transpiring within is revealed most clearly in Mr. Sammler's Planet (1969) and Humboldt's Gift (1973), novels that represent a watershed in his personal, religious, and spiritual life."
Gregory Bellow, PhD, was a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist for 40 years, and remains a member of the Core Faculty of the Sanville Institute. He lives in Redwood City, California.
Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world's foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since taking office in 2007, he has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center of North American Jewry, and enhanced JTS's notable reputation and global reach.