Nelson Algren

His Life, Work and Colleagues

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About the Author(s)

Richard F. Bales is semi-retired after working more than 40 years in the real estate title insurance profession. He lives in Aurora, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Richard F. Bales
Foreword by Sue Rutsen
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9490-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5471-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Nelson Algren: His Life, Work and Colleagues is not standard biography in the usual sense. The common milestones in the life and times of Chicago’s literary troubadour of the gritty streets, back alleys and its gin-soaked saloon literati are familiar. Dick Bales’ remarkable new volume of critical essays, however, has given to us something totally new and powerful to ponder. Mr. Bales’ deepest meditations paint a vivid and moody portrait of the ‘Bucktown’ poet and novelist. The topics are wide ranging and all encompassing: Algren and McCarthyism; Algren and the fight against censorship; Algren’s tumultuous love affair with French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir; and Algren and Mike Royko, two world-weary Chicago cynics sharing a barstool, beers and sad reflections.”—Richard C. Lindberg, author of Tales of Forgotten Chicago

• “Richard Bales’ new book on Algren is a researcher’s delight. His comparison of Beauvoir’s letters to Sartre when she was with Algren is illuminating, as is his work on the New Journalism and Algren’s inability to ‘soldier on’ with fiction that he felt was not wanted. A fine addition to the scholarship on Algren.”—Bettina Drew, author of Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side