Mosby's Memoirs And Other Stories

Paperback | June 1, 1996

bySaul Bellow

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“What Henry James did for the geographically disoriented, Bellow does for the culturally traumatized in the six stories gathered in this collection. Truly, Bellow is one of God’s spies.” –Los Angeles Times

In six darkly comic tales, Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness, poignancy, and pathos. In the title story, a professor well-known for his wit struggles to animate his memoirs as he teeters on the brink of despair; in “the old System,” a distinguished biochemist tries to find room in his life for love; and in “A Father to Be,” a man is startled to find himself seated next to his future adult son on a New York subway. The other stories, too, reflect Bellow’s special ability to depict men and women confronting, in highly idiosyncratic ways, the enigmas and oddities of existence.

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 With a subtle wit and rare brilliance, Saul Bellow presents readers with unique examinations of human existence. Mosby’s Memoirs and Other Stories features six exceptional tales of human tragedy, comedy and reflection. “The Old Systems” is the story of a biochemist who tries to find a way to inject love into his life. “A Father To Be”...

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“What Henry James did for the geographically disoriented, Bellow does for the culturally traumatized in the six stories gathered in this collection. Truly, Bellow is one of God’s spies.” –Los Angeles TimesIn six darkly comic tales, Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness, poignancy, and pathos. In the titl...

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In six darkly comic tales, Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness, poignancy, and pathos. The stories, which include "Leaving the Yellow House," "The Old System," "Looking for Mr. Green," "The Gonzaga Manuscripts," and "A Father-to-Be," reflect Bellow’s ability to depict men and women confronting, in high...

Saul Bellow was praised for his vision, his ear for detail, his humor, and the masterful artistry of his prose. Born of Russian Jewish parents in Lachine, Quebec in 1915, he was raised in Chicago. He received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, and did graduate work at ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.72 × 5.06 × 0.52 inPublished:June 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140189459

ISBN - 13:9780140189452

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Mosby's Memoirs and Other StoriesLeaving the Yellow House (1957)
The Old System (1967)
Looking for Mr. Green (1951)
The Gonzaga Manuscripts (1954)
A Father-to-Be (1955)
Mosby's Memoirs (1968)

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 With a subtle wit and rare brilliance, Saul Bellow presents readers with unique examinations of human existence. Mosby’s Memoirs and Other Stories features six exceptional tales of human tragedy, comedy and reflection. “The Old Systems” is the story of a biochemist who tries to find a way to inject love into his life. “A Father To Be” is the fantastical story of a man who finds himself sitting next to his future adult son on the subway. Wonderfully idiosyncratic and exceptionally crafted, the stories of Saul Bellow defy any attempt at classification.

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“Darkly funny…taut, compressed, with splendid dialogue” –The Sunday times (London)