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The Man with the Golden Arm is Nelson Algren's most powerful and enduring work. On the 50th anniversary of its publication in November 1949, for which Algren was honored with the first National Book Award (which he received from none other than Eleanor Roosevelt at a ceremony in March 1950), Seven Stories is proud to release the first critical edition of an Algren work.

A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.

The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm "Algren's defense of the individual," while Carl Sandburg wrote of its "strange midnight dignity." A literary tour de force, here is a novel unlike any other, one in which drug addiction, poverty, and human failure somehow suggest a defense of human dignity and a reason for hope.

Special contributions by Russell Banks, Bettina Drew, James R. Giles, Carlo Rotella, William Savage, Lee Stringer, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-454).

About the Author

Nelson Algren (1909-1981) wrote of the despised urban underbelly of America before it was fashionable to do so, and still stands as one of our most defiant and enduring novelists. His novels include The Man with the Golden Arm, winner of the first National Book Award, A Walk on the Wild Side, and Never Come Morning.

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lukas, December 24, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
If he had contributed nothing else to American pop culture, the title "Walk on the Wild Side," which later became an immortal Lou Reed (R.I.P.) song would insure that we remember Nelson Algren. But he also wrote a few books that are ripe for rediscovery. Probably his best and most famous (it was turned into a Frank Sinatra movie), "The Man with the Golden Arm" has a good claim as a key link between the social realism of Dreiser and Crane and the freewheelin' demimonde of the Beats. He's less preachy than the former and less mystical/optimistic than the latter. This deluxe edition includes reviews, criticism, photographs and appreciations from Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel, among others.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583220085
Author:
Algren, Nelson
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Author:
William J. Savage
Author:
Terkel, Studs
Author:
Savage, William J. Jr
Author:
Simon, Daniel
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Action
Subject:
Inner cities
Subject:
Morphine habit.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;chicago;novel;national book award
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
224
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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