Imaginative Assault

An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters

Sincerely Saul Bellow

A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters

Heirs to the Throne

In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible

Flight of Fancy

In The Escape, Adam Thirlwell grapples with Jewishness, carnality, and the essence of fiction

‘Greenberg’ Gets Raves

With Ben Stiller as the shlemiel

Today on Tablet

In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more

Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead

Seize the Pen

In his essays on the writing life, Michael Greenberg emerges as figure out of Bellow

British Novel About Aging Lithuanian-Born Jew

Adam Thirlwell’s latest gets mixed reaction

Guilt By Association

A novelist reflects on what it means to be a Jewish writer

Man Gone Down

The rise and fall of Isaac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow’s great rival

Restoration Project

Where have all Bernard Malamud’s readers gone?

Master of the Orgasm

A fresh look at the laughingstock of psychoanalysis

‘Strangely Independent of Place’

Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.

‘Blessed With This Sense of the Exotic’

Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”

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