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Joe W. Kraus collection of Saul Bellow books


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ID: 02/Kraus

Primary Creator: Bellow, Saul

Extent: 43.5 Cubic Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The first part of the Saul Bellow collection assembled by Joe W. Kraus came to the Library in 1996. Since then, Dr. Kraus has been steadily adding books and periodicals containing material by and about Saul Bellow. Complementing the collection are looseleaf binders containing photocopies of reviews of Bellow's books, Dr. Kraus's index of characters in Bellow's writings, and photocopies of obituaries.

Biographical Note

Born July 10, 1915, Saul Bellow was an American novelist and  master of comic melancholy who both championed and mourned the soul's fate in the modern world. Was the most acclaimed of a generation of Jewish writers who emerged after World War II.  First writer to win the National Book Award three times: in 1954 for "The Adventures of Augie March," in 1965 for "Herzog," and in 1971 for "Sammler's Planet." In 1976, won the Pulitzer Prize for "Humboldt's Gift" and the Nobel Prize in literature, cited for his "human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture." Married five times, had three sons and, at age 84, a daughter. Died April 5, 2005.

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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The RBML reproductions policies can be found here:


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would damage materials or involve violation of copyright law.

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