Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren was an American writer known for his works exploring the lives of the urban poor and marginalized individuals. He is best known for his novel 'The Man with the Golden Arm,' which won the National Book Award in 1950.


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  1. 1. The Man with the Golden Arm

    "The Man with the Golden Arm" is a novel that tells the story of Frankie Machine, a talented card dealer and drummer in post-World War II Chicago who becomes addicted to morphine. The narrative vividly portrays his descent into addiction and his struggles with poverty and crime, while also exploring themes of despair, corruption, and redemption. The book is notable for its gritty depiction of life in the urban underbelly and its nuanced characterizations.

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