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Nelson Algren - Nelson Algren Award, Bibliography

chicago writer

Writer, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He trained as a journalist after a childhood in the Chicago slums. After working at a variety of jobs during the Depression, he settled in Chicago and became a leading exponent of the Chicago school of realism. His five streetwise novels include The Man With the Golden Arm (1949, National Book Award) and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956). After 1956 he wrote mostly stories and essays, producing only one novel (1981). In later years he became known for having had an affair with the French intellectual and writer, Simone de Beauvoir.

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