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The Man with the Golden Armby Nelson Algren
Synopses & Reviews
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.
The Man with the Golden Arm is the classic American novel of the post-war period. Algren himself had wanted this relentlessly dark novel to be titled "Night Without Mercy," although he finally relented and allowed his publisher, Doubleday, to use their preferred title. Algren would name his cat Doubleday. Special contributions by Russell Banks, Bettina Drew, James R. Giles, Carlo Rotella, William Savage, Lee Stringer, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. "The finest American novel published since the war."-Washington Post Book World "A true novelist's triumph." TimestrongChicago Sun Times/em
Winner of the first National Book Award,The Man with the Golden Arm is Nelson Algren's most powerful and enduring work. Over 750,000 copies sold of all editions.
Table of Contents
The Man with the Golden Arm — Remembrances. Letter to Joe Haas / Nelson Algren. Arm: A Memoir / John Clellon Holmes. Algren's Golden Pen / Mike Royko. Algren as I Knew Him / Kurt Vonnegut. Glasses / Studs Terkel. Nelson Algren's Politics / Stuart McCarrell. Photographing Nelson Algren / Layle Silbert — Early Reception. Nelson Algren: The Iron Sanctuary / Maxwell David Geismar. Nelson Algren / George Bluestone. A Voyeur's View of the Wild Side: Nelson Algren and His Reviewers / Lawrence Lipton — New Views. Algren's Question / Daniel Simon. The Quality of Laughter: Algren's Challenge to the Reader / William J. Savage, Jr. The Story of Decline and the October City / Carlo Rotella. The Heart of the Matter / Bettina Drew. The Value of Dissent / James R. Giles. Golden Arm's Song of Sweet Surrender / Lee Stringer. An Algren Photo Essay / Art Shay.
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