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New York: Viking, 1953. Henderson, the Rain King: A Novel. New York: Viking, 1959. Herzog. New York: Viking, 1964. Mr. Sammler's Planet. New York: Viking, 1970. Humboldt's Gift: A Novel. New York: Viking, 1975. The Dean's December: A Novel. New York: Harper & Row, 1982. More Die of Heartbreak. New York: Morrow, 1987. Ravelstein. New York: Viking, 2000. NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS Seize the Day, with Three Short Stories and a OneAct Play. New York: Viking, 1956. Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories.
It was expected, therefore, that he would share the liberalism of most other writers and intellectuals of the day. But Bellow was not one for toeing lines. In 1965 he angered much of the New York literary community when he accepted Lyndon Johnson's invitation to a White House artistic festival after the poet Robert Lowell had organized a boycott of the event to protest the Vietnam War. Because of his increasingly conservative public stands and his status as a "great writer" in the Western tradition, Bellow became a target for student protesters whenever he gave readings at college campuses.
Its plot was farfetched, its characters were cartoonish, and its portrayal of Africa was, at best, inaccurate. Reviews at the time were largely negative, but history has reversed that judgment. The more scholars have studied Henderson, the Rain King, the more its literary reputation has grown, and it is considered one of Bellow's major works. The influential Modern Library poll of the "100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century" included Henderson, the Rain King at number twentyone. The only other Bellow novel to make the list, The Adventures of Augie March, came in sixty places later at number eighty-one.
AMERICAN WRITERS, Retrospective Supplement II by Charles Scribners Publishing