Saul Bellow, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 89; SON OF IMMIGRANTS BECAME ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST NOVELISTS

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Byline: NIGEL ROSSER

NOBEL prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow has died at the age of 89.

Friend and lawyer Walter Pozen said Bellow died yesterday of natural causes at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three US National Book Awards, Bellow rose from writing book reviews for $10 apiece to become one of his country's greatest post-war novelists with works such as The Adventures Of Augie March, Herzog, and Henderson The Rain King.

His work touched on the essence of human existence, the experience of immigrants and Jews, and class and social mobility.

"Saul Bellow was not only a great writer, he was also a superb teacher and friend - a whole and marvellous man," said Boston University president emeritus John Silber, who helped recruit the author to teach literature in 1993.

Born in 1915 in Canada to Russian immigrants, the young Bellow moved with his family to Chicago, the city with which his work would become most closely associated.

His mother wanted her son to be a Talmudic scholar but Bellow always wanted to be a writer. …