Nelson Algren

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Nelson Algren

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born
in Michigan, The United States
March 28, 1909

died
May 09, 1981

gender
male

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Born of Swedish-immigrant parents, Nelson Ahlgren Abraham moved at an early age from Detroit to Chicago. At Illinois University he studied journalism. His experiences as a migrant worker during the Depression provided the material for his first novel Somebody in Boots (1935). Throughout his life Algren identified with the American underdog. From 1936 to 1940 (the highpoint of left-wing ideas on the US literary scene) he was editor of the Illinois Writers' Project. In 1942, after putting the finishing touches to his second novel, he joined the war as an enlisted man. Never Come Morning received universal acclaim, and eventually sold over a million copies.

Algren's style is a dark naturalism that passionately records the details of trapped urb...more


Average rating: 4.01 · 4,429 ratings · 411 reviews · 32 distinct works · Similar authors
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A Walk on the Wild Side
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Chicago: City on the Make
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 517 ratings — published 1951 — 7 editions
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The Neon Wilderness
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 418 ratings — published 1947 — 8 editions
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Never Come Morning
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 1941 — 18 editions
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Nonconformity
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The Last Carousel
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1973 — 2 editions
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Somebody in Boots
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1935 — 2 editions
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The Devil's Stocking
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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More books by Nelson Algren…
“Never sleep with someone whose troubles are worse than your own.”
Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side

“Yet once you've come to be part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”
Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

“Any writer who knows what he's doing isn't doing very much.”
Nelson Algren

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