Nelson Algren

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ALGREN, Nelson (1909) American novelist, classed as a "Chicago realist". His earlier novels of Chicago's west-side slums had strong naturalist tendencies, and were influenced by Marxist thought. His finest work, The Man with the Golden Arm, about a drug addict, has greater psychological depth. Latterly he has written still vivid but more sentimental novels.

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Somebody in Boots (1935)
Never Come Morning (1942)
The Neon Wilderness (1947)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1949)
Chicago, City on the Make (1951)
A Walk on the Wild Side (1956)

Nelson Algren was born in America and was raised in Chicago in an under privileged part of town. His mother ran a sweet shop, his father, was a motor mechanic

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