The Telegraph today paid a 100th birthday tribute to “Saul Bellow: ‘American writer supreme.'”
The story is a round-up of comments culled from remarks that writers and critics have made about Bellow over the years, including John Updike:
“Saul Bellow was the American writer supreme . . . our most exuberant and melodious postwar novelist.”
Wonderful tribute to a solid fiction writer. I had the pleasure of reading Bellow’s short fiction and 4 of his novels. In these works he showed an amazing facility with language, sophistication of mind, and creativity of plot and character development. I agree with Mr. Pritchett that his best work was in his (often longish) short fiction.