Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Humboldt’s Gift
Saul Bellow


For many years, the great poet Von Humboldt Fleisher and Charlie Citrine, a young man inflamed with a love for literature, were the best of friends. At the time of his death, however, Humboldt is a failure, and Charlie’s life has reached a low point: his career is at a standstill, and he’s enmeshed in an acrimonious divorce, infatuated with a highly unsuitable young woman and involved with a neurotic mafioso. And then Humboldt acts from beyond the grave, bestowing upon Charlie an unexpected legacy that may just help him turn his life around.

This book won the pulitzer Prize for 1976.

Paperback, 496pp
Penguin Books, 2007 (1975)
ISBN 9780141188768


“I think it A Work of genius, I think it The Work of a Genius.” – John Cheever