Terry Southern
Great Depression
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Jorge Luis Borges
William Faulkner
Chicago White Sox
Art Shay
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Nelson Algren

Knowledge Identifier: +Nelson_Algren


Nelson Algren

American writer add

Category: Literature

Born in 1909.

Countries: United States (52%), Illinois (15%), (9%)

Main connections: Terry Southern, Great Depression, Jorge Luis Borges

Linked to: Communist Party USA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Axis powers, Chicago Cubs




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Nelson Algren was born in 1909 add something


This teasing only increased when Risberg and other White Sox players were implicated in the 1920 Black Sox Scandal add something


Among his affiliations, he was a participant in the John Reed Club in the 1930s and later an honorary co-chair of the "Save Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Committee" in Chicago add something


Saul Bellow - In the 1930s, Bellow was part of the Chicago branch of the Works Progress Administration Writer's Project, which included such future Chicago literary luminaries as Richard Wright and Nelson Algren


Algren was educated in Chicago's public schools, graduated from Hibbard High School and went on to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in journalism during the Great Depression in 1931 add something


Algren wrote his first story, "So Help Me", in 1933, while he was in Texas working at a gas station add something


Algren won his first O. Henry award for his short story "The Brother's House" in 1935 add something


Algren won the first of his three O. Henry awards for his short story "The Brother's House" in 1935 add something


His first novel, "Somebody in Boots", was published in 1935 add something


Nelson Algren married Amanda Kontowicz in 1937 add something


According to Harold Augenbraum, "in the late 1940s and early 1950s he was one of the best known literary writers in America, lover of Simone de Beauvoir, "hero" of her novel "The Mandarins", and so on add something


His short stories "A Bottle of Milk for Mother " and "The Captain is Impaled" were O. Henry award winners in 1941 and 1950, respectively add something


His second novel, "Never Come Morning", published in 1942, portrayed the dead-end life of a doomed young Polish-American criminal add something


The book was a reworking of his first novel "Somebody in Boots" and material from several short stories, most notably his 1947 piece "The Face on the Barroom Floor" add something


Algren is probably best known for his 1949 novel "The Man With the Golden Arm", which won the National Book award for Fiction in 1950 add something


He may be best known for "The Man with the Golden Arm", a 1949 novel that won the National Book award and was adapted as a 1955 film of the same name add something


The couple summered together in Algren's cottage in the lake front community of Miller Beach, Indiana and traveled to Latin America together in 1949 add something


During the 1950s, Algren wished to travel to Paris with his romantic companion, Simone de Beauvoir, but due to government surveillance his passport applications were denied add something


Terry Southern - During 1954 and 1955 Southern met two of his literary heroes, William Faulkner and author of "The Man With The Golden Arm", Nelson Algren


In the fall of 1955, Algren was interviewed for the "Paris Review" by rising author Terry Southern add something


"The Man With the Golden Arm" was made into a successful 1955 movie starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Otto Preminger, who produced the picture add something


In 1956, Algren was to have his last mainstream success with the novel "A Walk on the Wild Side" add something


The book was not a success and went out of print, which Algren later claimed was for the best, as he later reworked the material into his 1956 novel "A Walk on the Wild Side", which he claimed was a better work add something


When he finally did get a passport in 1960, McCarrell concludes that "it was too late add something


The novel about a wandering Texan adrift during the early years of the Great Depression was adapted into the 1962 movie "Walk on the Wild Side", which bowdlerized his book add something


According to Kurt Vonnegut, who taught with him at Iowa in 1965, Algren's "enthusiasm for writing, reading and gambling left little time for the duties of a married man add something


In 1965, he met Betty Ann Jones while teaching at the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop add something


Algren played a small part in Philip Kaufman's bizarre 1967 underground comedy "Fearless Frank" as a mobster named Needles add something


In 1967, he wrote an outraged review of James Purdy's "Eustace Chisholm and the Works", which dealt with homosexuality add something


They married that year and divorced in 1967 add something


Vietnam War - In 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War add something


Leonard Schrader - In 1968, he finished his MFA at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop where he studied with Nelson Algren, Kurt_Vonnegut, Richard Yates, Robert Coover, José Donoso and Jorge Luis Borges


He previously had been awarded the award of Merit Medal for the novel in 1974 by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the forerunner to the Academy add something


In 1975, Algren left Chicago for Paterson, New Jersey, New Jersey, where he lived for five years add something


In 1975, Algren was commissioned to write a magazine article about the trial of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the prize fighter who had been found guilty of double murder add something


In the summer of 1975, Algren sold off most of his belongings, left Chicago, and moved into an apartment in Paterson, New Jersey add something


"The Devil's Stocking" is Algren's fictionalized account of the trial of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a real-life prize-fighter who had been found guilty of double murder, about whom Algren had written a magazine article for "Esquire" in 1975 add something


In the book, as a period of unrest within the prison begins, the character 'Kenyatta' gives a speech closely mirroring the Fortean Times transcript of the 1977 hoax, and those of other American newspaper reports of the broadcast add something


In 1980, he moved to a house in Sag Harbor, Long Island add something


Shortly after his death in 1981, his last Chicago residence at 1958 West Evergreen Street was noted by Chicago journalist Mike Royko add something

Nelson Algren died in 1981 add something


Three months before he died of a heart attack at home on May 9, 1981, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters add something


The article about Carter had grown into a novel, "The Devil's Stocking", which was published posthumously in 1983 add something


"Somebody in Boots" and "Never Come Morning", both long out-of-print, had been republished in 1987 add something


Studs Terkel, writer Warren Leming, and three others founded the Nelson Algren Committee in 1989 add something


In 1994 the book "Nonconformity" was published, presenting Algren's view of the difficulties surrounding the 1956 film adaptation of "The Man With the Golden Arm" add something


In 1998, Algren enthusiasts instigated the renaming after Algren of the Polish Triangle in what had been the center of the Polish Downtown add something


Nelson was honored in 1998 with a fountain dedicated in his name located in Chicago's Polish Triangle, in what had been the heart of Polish Downtown, the area that figured as the inspiration for much of his work add something


Keith Szarabajka - Szarabajka has contributed his voice to several audio books, notably "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates" by Tom Robbins, for which he won the 2001 Audie *award for Best Fiction, unabridged, "Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" by Dean Koontz, several roles in a Grammy nominated audio dramatization of "The Maltese Falcon", "Rising Sun" by Michael Crichton, Nelson Algren's "Walk on the Wild Side", and the much lauded "The Mark of Zorro" opposite Val Kilmer


Art Shay - Another collection of Shay's work with Nelson Algren is featured in Shay's 2007 Book "Chicago's Nelson Algren" published by Seven Stories Press


In 2009, the novel fragment "Entrapment" was published along with other unpublished Algren fiction and reportage as "Entrapment and Other Writings" by Seven Stories Press add something


"60 Years of Honoring Great American Books" , June 18, 2009 add something