The other night in my building’s laundry room I picked up a copy of Saul Bellow’s 1961 novel, Herzog. While I waited for my clothes to finish drying I got drawn in to the world of Moses Herzog, a man who had “fallen under a spell and was writing letters to everyone under the sun.”
So it was quite serendipitous that in today’s New York Times there is a review of a new book of Saul Bellow’s letters, edited by Benjamin Taylor. While Herzog never mailed his rants, Bellow was an active correspondent, writing letters throughout his life. I think the two books will be interesting reading companions.