Nobel Prize Winning Author Saul Bellow to Be Honored Posthumously by Boston University

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Saul Bellow, considered by many leading critics to have been one of this century’s greatest English language novelists, will be honored posthumously by Boston University on October 20. Bellow, who passed away on April 5, 2005, taught at BU beginning in 1993 and was a Professor Emeritus of the University Professors program at the time of his death.

“A Celebration of the Life of Saul Bellow” will include tributes from Boston University Professors Keith Botsford and Christopher Walsh; Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse; and “The New Republic” Senior Editor James Wood, among others.

Bellow won the 1976 Nobel Laureate in Literature for his novel “Humboldt’s Gift” and the “human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work.” An author of both fiction and non-fiction works, and a playwright, Bellow is best remembered for “The Adventures of Augie March,” “Seize the Day,” “Herzog,” and “To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account.”

A Celebration of the Life of Saul Bellow is open to the public and an RSVP is required. To reserve a seat or for further information, please call 617-353-2238 or send an e-mail to

Event: A Celebration of the Life of Saul Bellow

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 4 p.m.

Participants: Those offering tributes to Saul Bellow include Boston University COM Professor Keith Botsford, Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, BU College of Arts and Sciences Professor Christopher Walsh, “The New Republic” Senior Editor James Wood, Tufts Professor Jonathan Wilson, and BU University Professors Sir Hans Kornberg and Rosanna Warren. President Emeritus John Silber will offer the tribute on behalf of the University.

Place: Boston University School of
Management Auditorium
First floor
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Mass.