Nelson Algren

Finalist, 1957 National Book Awards
Winner, 1950 National Book Awards

One of the most neglected of American writers and also one of the best-loved, Nelson Algren (1909–1981) once wrote that “literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.”
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Walk on the Wild Side

cover of A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren
ISBN 9780313202940 Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
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The Man with the Golden Arm

The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
ISBN 9781888363180 Seven Stories Press / Doubleday

A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems. More about this book >

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Nelson Algren

One of the most neglected of American writers and also one of the best-loved, Nelson Algren (1909–1981) once wrote that “literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.” His powerful voice rose out of the urban wilderness of postwar Chicago, and he returned there over and over, eventually transforming his “lower depths” into something the whole world could understand. Recipient of the first National Book Award for fiction and lauded by Hemingway as “one of the two best authors in America,” Algren remains one of our most defiant and indomitable novelists, with a body of work that includes five major novels, two short fiction collections, a book-length poem, and several collections of reportage.

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