Title Profile & Character Information

The Adventures of Augie March

Annotation
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this gem by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Bold, expansive, and keenly humorous, The Adventures of Augie March blends street language with literary elegance to tell the story of a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression. A "born recruit," Augie makes himself available for hire by plungers, schemers, risk takers, and operators, compiling a record of choices that is—to say the least—eccentric.
 


Characters
NameMarch, Augie
GenderMale
TraitJewish

GenreSociological
Historical
Fiction
Picaresque
TopicsSingle mothers
Working classes
Family relationships
Economic depression
Young men
Success
SettingChicago, Illinois
Urban