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Humboldts Gift

by Saul Bellow
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The novel, for which Bellow won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1976, is a self-described comic book about death, whose title character is modeled on the self-destructive lyric poet Delmore Schwartz. Charlie Citrine, an intellectual, middle-aged author of award-winning biographies and plays, contemplates two significant figures and philosophies in his life: Von Humbold