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Algren, Nelson 1909-1981

Overview
Works: 378 works in 1,243 publications in 16 languages and 29,989 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Drama  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Records and correspondence  Biography  Short stories, American 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: PS3501.L4625, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Nelson Algren
 
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Most widely held works by Nelson Algren
The man with the golden arm, a novel by Nelson Algren( Book )

192 editions published between 1946 and 2012 in 14 languages and held by 2,866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about a young drug addict and his daily encounters as he pursues his eternal quest for means to support his habit
A walk on the wild side by Nelson Algren( Book )

114 editions published between 1956 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans, A Walk on the Wild Side found a place in the imaginations of all the generations that have followed since." "Perhaps his own words describe the book best: "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.""--Jacket
The neon wilderness by Nelson Algren( Book )

77 editions published between 1947 and 2004 in 7 languages and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

24 gritty, raw short stories by a famous Chicago author who uses the old Polish immigrant Division Street neighborhood as the setting for most of the tales. Dating from the 1930's through the 50's, the characters often lead hard lives filled with crime, sorrow and suffering. Includes an interview with the author and an afterword by Studs Terkel
Notes from a sea diary: Hemingway all the way by Nelson Algren( Book )

16 editions published between 1959 and 1967 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reminiscences of walks taken by the author, through the wild sides of the ports of Pusan, Kowloon, Bombay and Calcutta; including a critical study of Hemingway
Chicago; city on the make by Nelson Algren( Book )

23 editions published between 1951 and 2011 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never come morning by Nelson Algren( Book )

65 editions published between 1942 and 2004 in 7 languages and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the dead-end life of a doomed young Polish-American criminal and the young woman he loves
The last carousel by Nelson Algren( Book )

15 editions published between 1973 and 1997 in English and German and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories from a classic Chicago writer, featuring a colorful gallery of bums, beats, jocks, clowns, and smart alecks
The devil's stocking by Nelson Algren( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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.-Back cover
The Texas stories of Nelson Algren by Nelson Algren( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve stories on the author's hobo days in Texas where he searched for work during the 1930s depression and was jailed for stealing. In one story he writes, "God help you if you run and God help you if you fight; God help you if you're broke and God help you if you're black."
Who lost an American? by Nelson Algren( Book )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1966 in 3 languages and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A transatlantic love affair : letters to Nelson Algren by Simone de Beauvoir( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While [Simone de Beauvoir] gave all her talks and interviews in the United States in fluent English, she spoke with a thick French accent. She later credited her written fluency to her long correspondence with Algren."--Editor's Note, p.5
Nelson Algren's own book of lonesome monsters by Nelson Algren( Book )

10 editions published between 1962 and 1965 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somebody in boots : a novel by Nelson Algren( Book )

29 editions published between 1935 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nelson Algren was a renowned writer, known for his penetrating and influential social novels such as The Man With the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side. Originally published in 1935, Somebody in Boots was Algren's first novel, based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. A wonderful companion to Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, this new edition of Somebody in Boots features an introduction by Colin Asher, who is writing a forthcoming biography of Algren
The Texas stories of Nelson Algren by Nelson Algren( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve stories on the author's hobo days in Texas where he searched for work during the 1930s depression and was jailed for stealing. In one story he writes, "God help you if you run and God help you if you fight; God help you if you're broke and God help you if you're black."
America eats by Nelson Algren( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lettres à Nelson Algren : un amour transatlantique, 1947-1964 by Simone de Beauvoir( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in French and Undetermined and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De 1947 à 1964, 304 lettres de la grande "sartreuse" à un romancier américain alcoolique. Un rude choc pour le féminisme militant de la dame et de ses suivantes (suiveuses). Ne relève pas de la littérature mais des "échos et potins" de l'époque. Pour inconditionnels. [SDM]
Entrapment and other writings by Nelson Algren( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and French and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Nelson Algren sought humanity in the urban wilderness of postwar America, where his powerful voice rose from behind the billboards and down tin-can alleys, from among the marginalized and ignored, the outcasts and scapegoats, the punks and junkies, the whores and down-on-their luck gamblers, the punch-drunk boxers and skid-row drunkies and kids who knew they'd never reach the age of twenty-one: all of them admirable in Algren's eyes for their vitality and no-bullshit forthrightness, their insistence on living and their ability to find a laugh and a dream in the unlikeliest places. In Entrapment and other writings-containing his unfinished novel and previously unpublished or uncollected stories, poems, and essays-Algren speaks to our time as few of his fellow great American writers of the 1940s and '50s do, in part because he hasn't yet been accepted and assimilated into the American literary canon despite that he is held up as a talismanic figure. "You should not read [Algren] if you can't take a punch," Ernest Hemingway declared. "Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful."
The man with the golden arm by Nelson Algren( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of "Frankie Machine," a veteran, drug addict, and card-dealer in an illicit poker game being run in Chicago's Near Northwest Side. Frankie has just returned from the federal prison for narcotics addicts in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was exposed to all the pressures, anxieties, and temptations that had put him there in the first place
Never come morning by Nelson Algren( )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the lives of Polish Americans in the Chicago slums of the 1940's
The man with the golden arm by Otto Preminger( Visual )

39 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ex-convict recovering from heroin addiction returns to the Chicago slums and struggles to become a musician
 
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The man with the golden arm, a novel
Alternative Names
Abraham, Nelson Algren.

Abraham Nelson Algren 1909-1981

Ahlgren, Abraham Nelson

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Algren, Nelson 1909-1981

Nelson Algren Amerikaans schrijver

Nelson Algren amerikansk författare

Nelson Algren amerikansk skribent

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O'Fallon Lawrence 1909-1981

Нельсон Альгрен

نلسون آلگرن نویسنده آمریکایی

नेल्सन आल्ग्रेन

নেলসন এ্যালগ্রেন

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オルグレン, ネルソン

ネルソン・オルグレン

納爾遜·艾格林

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A walk on the wild sideThe neon wildernessChicago; city on the makeNever come morningThe last carouselThe devil's stockingA transatlantic love affair : letters to Nelson AlgrenThe Texas stories of Nelson Algren