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MOSBY'S MEMOIRS AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow. 184 pages. Viking. $5.

Since the end of World War II, Saul Bellow has published a greater number of intelligent, relevant and stylistically superior novels than any other U.S. writer. The only other American novelist who could challenge that record is Vladimir Nabokov, who is a Russian aristocrat by birth and an expatriate U.S. citizen by choice. He is the greater artist, but he lives in an entirely different world of the imagination. Nabokov is committed to the American experience mainly insofar as it defines his own exquisitely tuned esthetic intelligence.

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