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Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: Saul Bellow’s Herzog

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This piece completes a series of reviews highlighting philosopher-novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s list of the best “novels of ideas”. Saul Bellow’s Herzog (1964) was ranked first on her list. Herzog is an excellent contender for the top position on a list of novels of ideas. It was instantly heralded as a literary “masterpiece” when it was published in 1964, and won Saul Bellow his second...

On Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: George Eliot’s Middlemarch

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This piece continues a series of reviews highlighting highlighting philosopher-novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s list of the best “novels of ideas”. George Eliot’s Middlemarch was the second entry on her list. Reviewed in this essay: Middlemarch, George Eliot. Penguin Classics, 2002 (Originally published: 1871-1872 (with the first single volume set appearing in 1874 and further...

On Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: Thomas Mann’s The Holy Sinner

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This piece continues a series of reviews highlighting philosopher-novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s list of the best “novels of ideas”. Thomas Mann’s The Holy Sinner was the third entry on her list. Reviewed in this essay: The Holy Sinner, Thomas Mann. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Knopf, 1951. When The Holy Sinner was published in English in 1951, the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature...

On Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams

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In March 2010, shortly after the release of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein published her list of the five best “novels of ideas” in the Wall Street Journal. Goldstein’s list gave Michael Da Silva a starting point for a series of reviews. The fifth novel on her list was Alan Lightman’s 1993 bestseller Einstein’s Dreams. As he sits in his...