The Short Writings of Nelson Algren

A Study of His Stories, Essays, Articles, Reviews, Poems and Other Literature

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About the Book

Nelson Algren was a renowned Chicago writer known for his social commentary and his novels like The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side. Although he continues to be remembered almost exclusively for his novels, this book aims to highlight the value and influence of his short form works.
Before he died in 1981, Algren had amassed a genre-defying body of work, including short stories, articles, poems and book reviews. The present book features a comprehensive analysis and discussion of Algren’s lost literature, including everything but his novels.
One of the pieces covered is a masterpiece of race relations written in 1950, more than 60 years before the galvanization of the Black Lives Matter movement. Another is a scathing poem about Algren’s transatlantic love affair with Simone de Beauvoir. Both items are reprinted in the book courtesy of the Algren estate. This book also includes references to Algren’s works that have yet to be studied by Algren scholars.

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 Kenneth G. McCollum
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 270
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8132-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4709-8
Imprint: McFarland