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Novel by Saul Bellow, published in 1964.

Moses Herzog, a professor of history in New York City, undergoes a crisis when his wife Madeline divorces him. To find surcease he goes to Martha's Vineyard and occupies himself composing letters in his mind and on paper, addressed to friends and public figures, living and dead, on issues that plague him. Told that Madeline and her lover, Valentine Gersbach, once Herzog's best friend, are neglecting his daughter June, he rushes to Chicago to get custody of the girl and even plans to murder his former wife and onetime friend. Serio-comic misadventures frustrate his plans, and he goes back to Massachusetts “pretty well satisfied to be, to be just as it is willed … “with “no messages for anyone.”

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Saul Bellow (1915—2005) Canadian-born American novelist

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