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Nelson Algren was a writer, novelist, columnist, and educator. He was born Nelson Algren Abraham on March 28, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. Algren graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism in 1931. After graduation, Algren worked as a door-to-door salesman and a migratory worker. He also worked for a venereal disease control unit of the Board of Health and with the WPA writers' project. Algren served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he served as co-editor of the magazine The New Anvil. Algren taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Florida. He also wrote a regular column for the Chicago Free Press. Algren's first novel, Somebody in Boots, was published in 1935. His second novel, Never Come Morning, was published in 1942. The book was banned from the Chicago Public Library. Algren received a 1947 Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a grant from Chicago's Newberry Library. In 1949, Algren published The Man with the Golden Arm. The book won the National Book Award and was adapted as a film in 1956. Another book, A Walk on the Wild Side, was also adapted for film in 1962. Algren died in Sag Harbor, New York, on May 9, 1981. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Short Story Masterpieces (Contributor) 596 copies, 4 reviews
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 299 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 108: Chicago (Contributor) 124 copies, 1 review
The Man with the Golden Arm [1955 film] (Author) 79 copies, 2 reviews
Chicago Noir: The Classics (Contributor) 41 copies, 13 reviews
Erik Dorn (Introduction, some editions) 33 copies
Walk on the Wild Side [1962 film] (Original book) 12 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1945 (Contributor) 10 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 36 (Contributor) 9 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 35 (Contributor) 6 copies
Best crime stories. 4 (Contributor) 4 copies
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