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|Named Person:||Nelson Algren; Nelson Algren|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||227 p. ; 19 cm.|
|Contents:||Understanding Nelson Algren --
Early work and somebody in boots --
The WPA, early poems, and never come morning --
The neon wilderness --
The man with the golden arm --
Chicago, city on the make and nonconformity : writing on writing --
A walk on the wild side --
Who lost an American? and Notes from a sea diary --
The last carousel and The devil's stocking.
|Series Title:||Understanding contemporary American literature.|
"Horvath offers on introduction to the life and work of the Chicagoan who wrote about the underclass in the Windy City and beyond, bringing to the fore their humanity and aspirations. He proposes that while it is appropriate to view Algren's work through the lenses of literary naturalism, disenchanted social critique, and (in his later works) postmodernism, Algren's ideological concerns should not eclipse his considerable stylistic achievements, including his lyricism and humor.".
"Examining Algren's eleven major works in the contexts of the writer's life and America's changing literary tastes, Horvath sets Algren's evolution as a writer against the backdrop of the nation's shifting social, political, and economic landscape. Throughout his analysis, Horvath considers the questions that plagued Algren and that reappear in his work: Why do so many Americans fail? How do they view their own failure? How do the "successful" view those at the bottom of the economic order? And to what extent do the middle and upper classes experience failure or require salvific intervention?"--BOOK JACKET.