Nelson Algren (March 28, 1909 – May 9, 1981) was an American writer. Algren is best known for two novels, The Man with the Golden Arm (1949, National Book Award, adapted as the 1955 film) and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956, adapted as the 1962 film).
A Walk on the Wild Side (1956)
Other fiction works
- If Jesus Christ treated me like you do, I'd drive in the nails myself.
- The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
- Once you've come to be a part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.
- ...I do have the feeling that other writers can’t help you with writing. I’ve gone to writers’ conferences and writers’ sessions and writers’ clinics, and the more I see of them, the more I’m sure it’s the wrong direction. It isn’t the place where you learn to write. I’ve always felt strongly that a writer shouldn’t be engaged with other writers, or with people who make books, or even with people who read them. I think the farther away you get from the literary traffic, the closer you are to sources. I mean, a writer doesn’t really live, he observes.
- Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lay down with a woman who's got more troubles than you.
- "What Every Young Man Should Know" (1977 essay, after a famous line in his 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side, see above.)