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This day in literary history

Published: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

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The Writer's Almanac

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Saturday's Poem: "Blindman" by David Wagoner from Traveling Light. Saturday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of novelist Saul Bellow, born in Lachine, Quebec (1913). His parents were Russian immigrants. His father worked in a bakery; he delivered coal; and he was a bootlegger, smuggling alcohol across the border during Prohibition. When Saul was nine years old, the family moved to Chicago, the city that would become the setting of many of Bellow's novels. Bellow studied anthropology and sociology at Northwestern Univeristy. In 1938, a year after he graduated, Bellow went to work for the Chicago branch of the WPA Writers' Project.

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