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TR-254072-17

Ciesla Foundation, Inc. (Washington, DC 20008-2042)
Rachel S. Engleberg (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

The Adventures of Saul Bellow

The Adventures of Saul Bellow is a documentary film and companion website that examine the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Saul Bellow (1915-2005) won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, and three National Book Awards. He wrote over 40 novels and novellas, stories, non-fiction works, and plays, breaking literary norms and influencing at least generation of writers. In the name of intellectual freedom, he also frequently offended those closest to him, and challenged the sensibilities of his readers. Yet remarkably, there has never been a substantive film made about him. With unprecedented support from the Bellow Estate, from biographers and scholars, and from those who knew him best, our film and website will introduce Saul Bellow and his writing to a new generation.

Project fields:
American Literature; American Studies; English

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 5/31/2019