Nelson Algren

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Nelson Algren, 1956.

Nelson Algren (March 28, 1909May 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)[edit]

Other fiction works[edit]

Nonfiction works[edit]

  • 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.)

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