The Man with the Golden Arm

The Man with the Golden Arm

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by Nelson Algren
     
 

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Back in print at last is this masterwork of one of the truly original voices in 20th-century American literature. Chicago card dealer and junkie Frankie Machine is as tough as anyone in the Windy City's underworld--but not tough enough to break his habit. This fiction classic was made into an acclaimed film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Frank Sinatra.

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Back in print at last is this masterwork of one of the truly original voices in 20th-century American literature. Chicago card dealer and junkie Frankie Machine is as tough as anyone in the Windy City's underworld--but not tough enough to break his habit. This fiction classic was made into an acclaimed film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Frank Sinatra.

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Newton
This fiftieth-anniversary critical edition of Man with the Golden Arm shows Algren at his very finest. The edition closes with over a hundred pages of reminiscences, letters, early press reviews and recent scholarly essays. If you are to judge a man by his friends, then we should rate Algren high indeed: Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, even Lou Reed wanted to include a testimonial...The Man with the Golden Arm is a great book...No reader with an interest in American literature, or in the sufferings of ordinary people, can afford to ignore it.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627656610
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
343

What People are saying about this

Ernest Hemmingway
"Into a world of letters for the fading Faulker in that overgrown Little Abner Thomas Wolf Cast Shorter Shadows Every Day, Algren comes like a corvette or even a big distroyer when one of those things is what you need and need badly and at once and for keeps...Truman Capodi fans grab your hat, if you have any, and go. This is a man writing and you should not read it if you cannot take a punch...Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful...Mr. Algren, boy, you are good."
Malcolm Cowley
"Algren's defense of the individual brings a new dimension to naturalism."

Meet the Author

One of the most neglected of modern American authors and also one of the best loved, NELSON ALGREN (1909–1981) believed that “literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.” His own voluminous body of work stands up to that belief. Algren’s powerful voice rose from the urban wilderness of postwar Chicago, and it is to that city of hustlers, addicts and scamps that he returned again and again, eventually raising Chicago’s “lower depths” up onto a stage for the whole world to behold. Recipient of the first National Book Award for fiction and lauded by Hemingway as “one of the two best authors in America,” Algren remains among our most defiant and enduring novelists. His work includes five major novels, two short fiction collections, a book-length poem and several collections of reportage. A source of inspiration to artists as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Donald Barthelme, Studs Terkel and Lou Reed, Algren died on May 9, 1981, within days of his appointment as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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