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Algren, Nelson (1909-1981).

novelist and short-story writer. Born in Detroit, Algren lived a long time in Chicago, and the slums of that city's west side provided the background for most of his novels and short stories. His first novel, Somebody in Boots (1935), was a bitter portrayal of depression youth. Never Come Morning followed in 1942. This story of poverty and crime among the Poles of Chicago's west side brought Algren recognition as a writer of importance; he was compared with JAMES T. FARRELL and RICHARD WRIGHT, both acknowledged masters of the socalled Chicago school of realism. Algren's most important work, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1949), about a morphine addict called Frankie Machine, won the National Book Award and was made into a motion picture. Algren also published The Neon Wilderness (short stories 1947), Chicago: City on the Make (1951), and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956). men. h. Othe

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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