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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The literary awards include the Nelson Algren Short Story Award, Young Adult Literary Award, Heartland Awards for fiction and non-fiction and Chicago Tribune Literary Award.
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Nelson Algren was a Chicago writer, until he grew sick at heart, sold his belongings at a yard sale (one of our friends bought his radio), and moved to New Jersey.
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The Chicago Tribune is inviting readers to submit their own suggestions for the Official Book and has itself suggested 'Chicago: City on the Make' by Nelson Algren, which celebrates Chicago's beauty and also explores corruption in the Windy City.
Many other published writers and aspiring ones who later established solid literary careers, including Margaret Walker, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Frank Yerby, Ama Bontemps, and Nelson Algren, among others, went on relief to work on the FWP.