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Understanding Nelson Algren

Author: Brooke Horvath
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©2005.
Series: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Understanding Nelson Algren traces the career of a writer best known for his novels The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side. From Algren's first short stories through his final fiction, the posthumously published The Devil's Stocking, Brooke Horvath surveys the literary contributions of a writer known as the voice of America's dispossessed."
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Nelson Algren; Nelson Algren; Nelson Algren
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brooke Horvath
ISBN: 1570035741 9781570035746
OCLC Number: 57010049
Description: 227 pages ; 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.
Responsibility: Brooke Horvath.
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