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Nelson Algren (1909–1981)

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Nelson Algren was a writer, novelist, columnist, and educator. He was born Nelson Algren Abraham on March 28, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. Algren graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism in 1931. After graduation, Algren worked as a door-to-door salesman and a migratory näytä lisää worker. He also worked for a venereal disease control unit of the Board of Health and with the WPA writers' project. Algren served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he served as co-editor of the magazine The New Anvil. Algren taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Florida. He also wrote a regular column for the Chicago Free Press. Algren's first novel, Somebody in Boots, was published in 1935. His second novel, Never Come Morning, was published in 1942. The book was banned from the Chicago Public Library. Algren received a 1947 Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a grant from Chicago's Newberry Library. In 1949, Algren published The Man with the Golden Arm. The book won the National Book Award and was adapted as a film in 1956. Another book, A Walk on the Wild Side, was also adapted for film in 1962. Algren died in Sag Harbor, New York, on May 9, 1981. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Kultainen käsi (1949) 664 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
A Walk on the Wild Side (1956) 646 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
Chicago: City on the Make (1951) 279 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Neon Wilderness (1947) 264 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Never come morning (1941) 194 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Nonconformity: Writing on Writing (1996) 119 kappaletta
Somebody in Boots (1935) 95 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Devil's Stocking (1982) 62 kappaletta
The Last Carousel (1973) 57 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset54,662 kappaletta, 1,010 arvostelua
Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Avustaja — 687 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Avustaja — 339 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Avustaja — 300 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers (1994) — Avustaja — 184 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest (2013) — Avustaja — 150 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Avustaja — 144 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Man with the Golden Arm [1955 film] (1955) — Tekijä — 91 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Chicago Noir: The Classics (2015) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
Years of Protest: A Collection of American Writings of the 1930's (1967) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Erik Dorn (1921) — Johdanto, eräät painokset37 kappaletta
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
The Bedside Playboy (1963) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Uomini che non ho sposato (2016) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Walk on the Wild Side [1962 film] (1962) — Original book — 14 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (1945) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The Penguin New Writing No. 36 (1949) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 (1975) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Best modern short stories (1965) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Great Tales of City Dwellers (1955) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
The Penguin New Writing No. 35 (1948) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1957 (1957) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Stakes are High (1954) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Law & Disorder: The Chicago Convention and Its Aftermath (1968) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Best crime stories. 4 (1971) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1942 (1942) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1935 — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Juvenile Delinquency in Literature (1980) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Reason read: this was my TBR takedown for July in Reading 1001. I've had it for a very long time. I think I must have found this book at my mother and dad's home when I was cleaning it out to sell. The copy I have is the first printing of the Crest printing 1964. A mass paperback printing, the cover is in very bad shape but the pages were all in tack. This was the very first National Book Award winner. I think it is a book that has legacy and probably a jumping off point for many a book about the down and out, drug users. It also is about veteran's returning after the war (WWII) with wounds, addictions, homelessness. The language may be very politically incorrect but it is appropriate. It is street slang and it gives the story its reality. The author is American and the father of a Swedish convert to Judaism and a German Jewish mother. The book features all kinds of losers dealing with the consequences of choices, drug use, and family failures.… (lisätietoja)
 
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Kristelh | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 15, 2024 |
As much praise as this book gets I must say I was extremely disappointed in how bogged down in the 1910-1950 period it is in terms of evaluating Chicago. Beyond that, it only really elucidates the grievances of the Debs faction of striking industrial workers. The plight of blacks in the city gets mentioned but not with the repetitive prominence. Even if it had, this would still be an odd and ultimately pretentious effort to get at what Chicago is, was, and could be. Fortunately can be read quickly and almost as quickly forgotten.… (lisätietoja)
 
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JohnLocke84 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 10, 2024 |
My reading preferences seem to have changed since I first attempted this book. I remember being underwhelmed by The Man With the Golden Arm, putting it down maybe fifty pages in wondering what was so great about it that it merited a National Book Award (which I put a lot more stock in than the Pulitzer).

Maybe I set it aside because the dialogue is phonetically spelled to portray dialect (which feels outdated, stylistically) and at times the novel reads more like a beat poem. It can also be as frustratingly incomprehensible as Naked Lunch when it narrates the action from the perspective of its drug-addled protagonist. Working through these challenges reveals the sad but engaging story of WWII veteran Frank Majcinek, better known as Frankie Machine, a card-dealing morphine addict struggling to get clean and find honest work in post-war Chicago. Frankie's life is a mélange of disreputable characters stumbling their way through petty crimes, police encounters and piteous relationships with low class people whose moral compasses similarly don't point north. As the novel progresses, the train wreck which will alter the lives of most of these characters becomes inevitable, but as a reader you just can't look away.

The Man With the Golden Arm provides a realistic glimpse of the seedy side of life without judging those caught up in it.
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skavlanj | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 2, 2024 |
Published in 1951 this is a prose poem of 12000 words taking the city of Chicago as its subject. A city where the dollar has always been king and Algren's portrait of his hometown did not go down well with critics and editors. Times have changed and the initial scorn for the essay has now turned to something like admiration. Algren who grew up in a working class area of the city has an eye for the piquant: he tells of the colourful characters of its early history, the more notorious the better, he admires the energy, but decries the lack of humanity and culture. In his view Chicago is a city that seems to have gone backwards.

Chicago has progressed culturally from being the second city to being the second hand city

This is not the story of a city, you will not learn much of its history; it is a gaze and insiders gaze on what made the city that you would have found in 1951. Images and events run pell mell through its paragraphs, we learn of some infamous politicians, social climbers, hustlers of course, jazz musicians and baseball personalities, Hinky Dink Kempa and Bath House John from the early days and the working people of the city. It is best explained in Algrens own words:

'As well as the old soaks goats parts, backstreet brothels, unlit alleys and basement bars; for tavern traps and tenements, for all the pool room tigers in chequered caps, who've never seen a cow, and all the night club kittens who've never seen a cloud
For white lit show ups, dim lit lock ups, and the half lit hallway bedrooms, where the air along with the bed is stirred only by the passing of the Jackson Park express. For all our white walled asylums and all our dark walled courtrooms, overheated district stations, and disinfected charity wards, where the sunlight is always soiled and there are no holiday hours.
For hospitals, brothels prisons and such hells, where patronage comes up softly like a flower
For all the collerless wanderers of the horse and wagon alleys of home.


This sort of writing reminds me of the beat poets; Ginsburg Ferlinghetti perhaps. It is a roller coaster from start to finish;

Chicago isn't so much a city as it is a drafty hustlers junction in which to hustle awhile and move on out of the draft.

But Algren still claims to love his hometown, he certainly loves the White Socks baseball team, even though they were accused of accepting bribes to throw a world series, just par for the course in this city. but he say that once you become a part of this patch you will never love another.

I read the 1961 reprint in which Algren adds a long after word. He feels a need to make clear his views on racism and sexism in the city and also reflect a little on his essay that had upset so many important people in his hometown. It is certainly not a flattering portrait, but it is so full of life and energy that it almost tumbles off the pages. I thought it was excellent, but then I have never been to Chicago. 4 stars.
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