Saul Bellow: Mr. Sammler's Planet

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Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970) is set in 1960s New York City at the height of the student radical movements. It presents the slightly misogynistic Mr. Sammler – a classic old world “Western Civ” literary thinker and European aristocrat who exactly spans Bellow's own period of social and philosophical acculturation. Sammler, an elderly Holocaust survivor from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, was born the petted son of a Polish aristocrat. He has made an intellectual Anglophile of himself at an early age, later becoming part of the H.G. Wells and Bloomsbury intellectual groups, and on the eve of World War II accompanies his wife and daughter to Europe to help his wife settle her father's estate. He is cut off from his wife …

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Citation:
Cronin, Gloria. "Mr. Sammler's Planet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2003
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