Nelson Algren (March 28, 1909 – May 9, 1981) first attracted national attention in 1942 with the publication of Never Come Morning, a powerful novel of poverty and crime. His best-known work is the 1949 National Book Award winner, The Man with the Golden Arm, a fascinating study of Frankie Machine, dealer in a gambling club and the sordid world in which he operates. (In 1955, the book was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra). In 1956, A Walk in the Wild Side, appeared to great critical and popular acclaim, reaffirming Algren’s place as one of America’s leading contemporary writers.
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