Man with the Golden Arm

ISBN-10: 1583220089

ISBN-13: 9781583220085

Edition: 50th 1999 (Anniversary)

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Description: Merging a European literary sensibility with American naturalist social protest, Algren depicts America's third person society, a state where the lower classes are exploited and dehumanised, and where the sordid is no longer seen as shocking or abnormal.

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 50th
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 11/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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 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.

Kurt Vonnegut is among the few grandmasters of 20th century American letters. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922. Vonnegut lives in New York City.

Editors' Preface
The Man with the Golden Arm
Remembrances
Letter to Joe Haas
Arm: A Memoir
Algren's Golden Pen
Algren as I Knew Him
Glasses
Nelson Algren's Politics
Photographing Nelson Algren
Early Reception
Nelson Algren: The Iron Sanctuary
Nelson Algren
A Voyeur's View of the Wild Side: Nelson Algren and His Reviewers
New Views
Algren's Question
The Quality of Laughter: Algren's Challenge to the Reader
The Story of Decline and the October City
The Heart of the Matter
The Value of Dissent
Golden Arm's Song of Sweet Surrender
An Algren Photo Essay
Contributor Biographies
Acknowledgments and Credits
About the Author
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