Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Seize the Day
Saul Bellow


Fading charmer Tommy Wilhelm has reached his day of reckoning and is scared. In his forties, he still retains a boyish impetuousness that has brought him to the brink of chaos: he is separated from his wife and children, at odds with his vain, successful father, failed in his acting career (a Hollywood agent once placed him as ‘the type that loses the girl’) and in a financial mess. In the course of one climactic day he reviews his past mistakes and spiritual malaise, until a mysterious, philosophizing con man grants him a glorious, illuminating moment of truth and understanding, and offers him one last hope…

With an introduction by Cynthia Ozick.

Paperback, 128pp
Penguin Books, 2001 (1956)
ISBN 9780141184852