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The Man with the Golden Arm

National Book Award for Fiction 1950

by Nelson Algren & James R. Giles

A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For...


Algren at Sea: Notes from a Sea Diary & Who Lost an American?-Travel Writings

by Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren's two travel writing books describe his journeys through the seamier sides of great American cities and the international social and political landscapes of the mid-1960s. Algren at Sea brings...


Nonconformity: Writing on Writing

by Nelson Algren, C.S. O'Brien & Daniel Simon

The struggle to write with deep emotion is the subject of this extraordinary book, the previously unpublished credo of one of America's greatest 20th-century writers.

"You don't write a novel out of sheer pity...


Entrapment and Other Writings

by Nelson Algren, Brooke Horvath & Dan Simon

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...