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The Man With the Golden Arm

Frankie Machine reckons he s a tough guy in the Chicago underworld dealing cards in a backstreet gambling den and hustling two bit scams to pay for a heroin addiction he wants to kick but can t He convinces himself that playing the tubs is the only way out of he poverty and addiction that is consuming him br Around him revolve the lives of Sophie his crippled nagging wife Molly the saloon bar stripper who loves him and tries to keep him free from the cops and his drug habit Nifty Louie Frankie s neighbourhood dealer and Sparrow the punk unreformable petty theif and Frankie s closest friend br With consummate skill Algren lays bare the tragedy and humour of Frankie s world the people on both sides of the law who are trapped in poverty frustration and despair Algren s sympathetic portrait of people living in the Chicago slums is one of the classics of modern literature and was the first ever winner of the National Book Award

A Walk on the Wild Side

With its depiction of the downtrodden prostitutes bootleggers and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of s New Orleans i A Walk on the Wild Side i found a place in the imagination of all the generations that have followed since As Algren admitted it i wasn t written until long after it had been walked I found my way to the streets on the other side of the Southern Pacific station where the big jukes were singing something called Walking the Wild Side of Life I ve stayed pretty much on that side of the curb ever since i br br Perhaps his own words describe the book best i The book asks why lost people sometimes develop into greater human beings than those who have never been lost in their whole lives Why men who have suffered at the hands of other men are the natural believers in humanity while those whose part has been simply to acquire to take all and give nothing are the most contemptuous of mankind br br Cover Photograph Jason Fulford i

Chicago: City on the Make

b This th anniversary edition has been newly annotated by David Schmittgens and Bill Savage with explanations for everything from Chicago history to slang to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered b br br i In this slender classic Algren tells us all we need to know about passion heaven hell And a city i From the introduction by b Studs Terkel b br br b Nelson Algren b won the National Book Award in for i The Man with the Golden Arm i His other works include i Walk on the Wild Side i and i Conversations with Nelson Algren i the last available from the University of Chicago Press br br b David Schmittgens b teaches English at New Trier High School in Northfield Illinois br br b Bill Savage b is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University and coeditor of the th Anniversary Critical Edition of i The Man with the Golden Arm i br br Cover photograph Robert McCullogh

The Neon Wilderness

i Algren s short stories are now generally acknowledged to be literary triumphs i The New York Times br br i Nelson s stories are part of our lasting literature They don t fade away i Studs Terkel from the Afterword br br i Once more I have been impressed by Algren s talent his probity and his command of a tough language that he transforms into a raw and bleeding poetry i Malcolm Cowley in The Nation br br i Since the publication on b The Neon Wilderness b Nelson Algren has been acknowledged as a master of that American Realism touched with poetry which attempts to give voice to the insulted and injured He is a philosopher of deprivation a moral force of considerable dimensions and a wonderful user of the language i Donald Barthelme br br i Mr Algren boy you are good one of the two best authors in America i Ernest Hemingway

Never Come Morning

i An unusual book and a brilliant book i The New York Times br br i One of the finest works of American literature that I have read i James T Farrell br br i A knockout i Saturday Review of Literature br br i b Never Come Morning b depicts the intensity of feeling the tawdry but potent dreams the crude but forceful poetry and the frustrated longing for human dignity residing in the lives of the Poles of Chicago s Northwest Side and this revelation informs us all that there lies an ocean of life at our doorstep an unharnessed unchanneled and unknown ocean i Richard Wright br br i Utter sincerity and psychological truth i Philip Rahv in i The Nation br br Mr Algren is out to shock but he does so without seeming to sensationalize I for one found myself believing i Clinton Fadiman in i The New Yorker br br The girls sitting around the juke box in Mama Tomek s the boys playing under the El the look of Chicago streets in the rain It is the poetry of familiar things that is missing in the other Chicago novels Algren is a poet the Chicago slums i Malcolm Cowley br br i A book a true book is the writer s confessional For whether he would have it so or not he is betrayed directly or indirectly by his characters into presenting publicly his innermost feelings i Nelson Algren br br Cover photograph Stephen Deutch


The struggle to write with deep emotion is the subject of this extraordinary book the previously unpublished credo of one of America s greatest th century writers br You don t write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich writes Nelson Algren in his only longer work of nonfiction adding A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery br Nonconformity is about th century America Never on the earth of man has he lived so tidily as here amidst such psychological disorder And it is about the trouble writers ask for when they try to describe America Our myths are so many our vision so dim our self deception so deep and our smugness so gross that scarcely any way now remains of reporting the American Century except from behind the billboards where there are still defeats in which everything is lost and victories that fall close enough to the heart to afford living hope br In Nonconformity Algren identifies the essential nature of the writer s relation to society drawing examples from Dostoyevsky Chekhov Twain and Fitzgerald as well as utility infielder Leo Durocher and legendary barkeep Martin Dooley He shares his deepest beliefs about the state of literature and its role in society along the way painting a chilling portrait of the early s Joe McCarthy s heyday when many American writers were blacklisted and ruined for saying similar things to what Algren is saying here

The Last Carousel

b Algren at the top of his form b The New York Times br br i What an exhilarating experience to read Nelson Algren s new collection of stories i The Chicago Sun Times br br i It s about time When we ve got a living American writer as surefooted and as fast off the mark as Nelson Algren it s almost criminal not to have something of his in hard covers at least once a year to heft and roar at and revel in What we have here in this big fat volume is a cockeyed chrestomathy of Algren pieces with his hallmark stamped on every link i The New York Times Book Review br br i The range of the book is satisfying rich will titillate even the most fastidious dilettante or culture vulture also contains pieces that will make you laugh your head off Once you begin reading it you will not be able to put it aside i The Chicago Tribune br br i Essential Algren i The Washington Post br br i Very good fast funny and tough Algren where have you been hiding i The San Fransisco Chronicle br br Here again is Algren s rich output from the s and s tough streetwise stories and travelogues from around the world accounts of brothels in Vietnam and Mexico stories of the boxing ring and reminiscences of his beloved Chicago White Sox among other subjects br br Cover Photograph Arthur Shay

Somebody in Boots

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The Devil's Stocking

The Devil s Stocking is the story of Ruby Calhoun a boxer accused of murder in a shadowy world of low purse fighters cops con artists and bar girls Chronicling a battle for truth and human dignity which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions literary grandmaster Nelson Algren s last novel is a fitting capstone to a long and brilliant career

The Texas Stories of Nelson Algren

Larry McMurty once wrote that Nelson Algren held the best literary claim to he Rio Grande Valley of Texas though few people realise that i the poet of the Chicago slums i ever lived or wrote here Yet it was in Depression era Texas that Algren developed his instinctive need to speak for the powerless a need that made him one of the foremost chroniclers of the American outcast The Texas that Algren understood was a world where impoverished people lived among simmering yet casual violence a world where the law racist abusive and corrupt ruled with an utter ruthlessness and power br br i The Texas Stories i vividly re creates this now vanished world The collection includes i So Help Me i winner of a O Henry Award i The Last Carousel i which won the i Playboy i Fiction Award and the early i Thundermug i a piece that was censored when it appeared in the radical i Windsor Quarterly i in Here too is Algren s unique retelling of the legend of Bonnie and Clyde Including work from more than four decades i The Texas Stories i provides a much needed overview of Algren s artistic development It will enthusiastically be welcomed by Algren fans Texans literary scholars Western historians and many others br br Nelson Algren was the author of eleven books including i Never Come Morning The Neon Wilderness A Walk on the Wild Side i and i The Man with the Golden Arm i which won the first National Book Award for Fiction in br br Bettina Drew is the author of the critically acclaimed biography i Nelson Algren A Life on the Wild Side i

The Last Carousel, Chicago: City on the Make, The Devil's Stocking, The Texas Stories of Nelson Algren, Somebody in Boots, A Walk on the Wild Side, Nonconformity, The Man With the Golden Arm, The Neon Wilderness, Never Come Morning