Nelson Algren


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Algren, Nelson

(ôl`grən), 1909–81, American novelist, b. Detroit. He grew up in Chicago, and much of his fiction is set in the slums. His novels, such as Never Come Morning (1942), The Man with the Golden Arm (1949), and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956), are brutally realistic. In a lighter vein are the personal sketches collected in Who Lost an American (1963), Notes from a Sea Diary (1965), and The Last Carousel (1973).

Algren, Nelson (b. Nelson Ahlgren Abraham)

(1909–81) writer; born in Detroit, Mich. He trained as a journalist after a childhood in the Chicago slums. After working at a variety of jobs during the Depression, he settled in Chicago and became a leading exponent of the Chicago school of realism; his five streetwise novels include The Man With the Golden Arm (1949, National Book Award) and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956). After 1956 he wrote mostly stories and essays, producing only one novel (1981). In later years he became known for having had an affair with the French intellectual/writer, Simone de Beauvoir.
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Simone de Beauvoir, Lettres a Nelson Algren : un amour transatlantique, 1947-1964, ed.
In 2005, Kurt Vonnegut described in a poem "the world-class novelist Nelson Algren, /onetime lover of Simone de Beauvoir.
He made extraordinarily good use of his time, or as Nelson Algren, a fellow FWP writer, put it, "The writer whom the Illinois project helped the most was Dick Wright .
Chicago mayor Richard Daley said he "was part of a great Chicago literary tradition that stretched from Theodore Dreiser to Richard Wright to Nelson Algren to Mike Royko.
Su carta a Nelson Algren, el 18 de Enero de 1950, termina asi:
While not a superstar of American letters, a la Hemingway, Faulkner, or Fitzgerald, Farrell is nevertheless second-team all-canonical along with fellow realists of his generation such as Jack Conroy and Nelson Algren.
Nelly Benson (activista social) y Richard Wright (novelista negro a quien ella y Sartre conocieron en Paris el ano anterior) le dicen que, cuando vaya a Chicago, no deje de buscar al escritor Nelson Algren, quien a su llamado acude al elegante hotel Palmer House, el 21 de febrero.
Cette etude va se concentrer sur les observations et jugements de Beauvoir sur l'Amerique telles qu'elles apparaissent dans <<L'Amerique au jour le jour>> et l'influence de sa relation avec Nelson Algren sur sa perception de l'Amerique, au travers des lettres ecrites a Nelson Algren.
She knew them all and bedded most of them as well as some that simply passed through, like Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Evan Connell Jr.
1931), Nelson Algren writes: "Women do not attempt escape--they resign themselves.
Brooke Horvath has written a useful and accessible introduction to Nelson Algren that concentrates on his fiction but also brings in his poetry, essays, and even his writing on Midwest food.
Raboteau--who won (among other honors) the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction for "Bernie and Me," the piece that formed the basis of this novel, and whose stories have appeared in several publications--is definitely a writer to watch.