Saul Bellow loved Spain and Spanish culture and mined his experience there in three pieces: "Spanish Letter," a nonfiction account; "The Gonzaga Manuscripts," a short story; and a section in Humboldt’s Gift in which Charlie Citrine goes to Madrid. In his fiction Bellow uses Spain as a place where his idealistic and somewhat foolish heroes go on a typical Bellovian journey, a personal and spiritual quest in which they undergo humiliation and self-mortification—a comedic quest that in this context can only be called quixotic.
The influence on American culture of thinkers such as Roth, Bellow, Malamud, Piercy, Wiesel, Potok, and Chabon cannot be overstated. Their impact can be seen in literature, philosophy, theater, and film. Studies in American Jewish Literature explores a field that has advanced in large part due to the efforts of Daniel Walden, who founded the journal in 1975. Articles on the ongoing influence, relevance, and significance of American Jewish writers contribute to our understanding of their unique place in literature and their role in portraying the complexity and richness of American Jewish life and experience.
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