Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren
This definitive biography reclaims Nelson Algren as a towering literary figure and finally unravels the enigma of his disappearance from American letters.
For a time, Nelson Algren was America’s most famous author, lauded by the likes of Richard Wright and Ernest Hemingway. Millions bought his books. Algren’s third novel, The Man with the Golden Arm, won the first Nationa...more
I have watched Colin pour his heart and mind into this book for seven years and the result is incisive, intelligent and a lot of fun. The somewhat tragic life of Nelson Algren is one worth revisiting in the era of Trump and social media. Algren's literature was political because it was honest and it challenged those in power -- and Algren paid a heavy price. Colin's book is truly the definitive bio of this great American writer.