New York: The Viking Press, Inc., 1968. First Edition. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing with two tiny defects to the rich blue topstain and a small raised area to the front board near the board's right edge, in a Very Good plus dust jacket showing some light wear, being a collection of short Stories by Saul Bellow. Born in Canada and moving in his youth with his family to Chicago, Bellow discovered that he was an illegal alien when he sought to join the American military, in response to which he became a naturalized American citizen in 1941. In his illustrious career, Bellow won multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature [“for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work”], and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times, and he also received the National Book Foundation's lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1990.
In awarding him the Nobel Prize, the the Swedish Nobel Committee stated "...his writing exhibited: The mixture of rich picaresque novel and subtle analysis of our culture, of entertaining adventure, drastic and tragic episodes in quick succession interspersed with philosophic conversation, all developed by a commentator with a witty tongue and penetrating insight into the outer and inner complications that drive us to act, or prevent us from acting, and that can be called the dilemma of our age." Item #3843