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50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time
David H. Lowenherz
0517223333
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"The act of writing," proposes Lowenherz, "gives us a chance to reflect in private before exposing our heart." Hence the value of the love letter as an abiding expression of the writer's feelings in all their depth and complexity. A prominent collector and dealer in letters and historical memorabilia, Lowenherz presents letters (or fragments thereof) that collectively express the full range of amorous passion, from blind adoration to angst-ridden vituperation. Included are the romantic outpourings of celebrated writers George Sand, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald whose literary talents make their correspondence a model for any aspiring lover. Perhaps less gifted in their command of language, but certainly no less heartfelt, are selections from such notables as Harry Truman, Abigail...


Chicago
Nelson Algren
0226013855
Sept 2001
(Paperback) - Anniv. Ed.
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Book Description
Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren's writing that "you should not read it if you cannot take a punch." The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. This 50th anniversary edition is newly annotated with explanations for everything from slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, "the best book about Chicago."

"Algren's Chicago, a kind of American annex to Dante's inferno, is a nether world peopled by rat--faced hustlers and money--loving demons who crawl in the writer's brilliant, sordid, uncompromising and twisted imagination. . . . [This book] searches a city's heart and mind rather than its avenues and public...


Man with the Golden Arm
Nelson Algren
1583220089
November 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This 50th-anniversary edition of Algren's signature novel features the full text plus a photo essay on the author and a letter in which Algren describes the book's genesis. If your current copies need junking, replace it with this fine edition. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
Set in the gritty underbelly of post-WWII Chicago, Algren's prize-winning novel tells of a group of likable losers, chief among them Frankie Machine--card dealer, drummer, and drug addict. We also get acquainted with Frankie's whiny, wheelchair-bound wife, Sophie; his sweet girlfriend, Molly; the thief, Sparrow; and other denizens of Division Street as they struggle through life, often as their own worst enemies....


Writers
Nancy Crampton
159372019X
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
W.H. Auden, Edwidge Danticat,Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Maurice Sendak, Joseph Brodsky, Lorrie Moore, Tom Stoppard, Chinua Achebe, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Franzen, Gayl Jones, Nelson Algren—the list goes to 104: the number of joyous duotones presented in this collection of exceptionally evocative photos of authors. Crampton is the official photographer for the famed 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center, which features readings by writers across the literary spectrum. Her intimate, New York-centric photos (subjects are placed on streets, in offices and in apartments rather than in a professional studio) of celebrated writers span more than 30 years. What makes this collection of shots most worthy, however, is the way in which each subject appears attached to Crampton, wanting to give her the...


A Walk on the Wild Side
Nelson Algren
031320294X
June 1978
Hardcover
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Review
"The intensity of his feeling, the accuracy of his thought, make me wonder if any other writer of our time has shown us more exactly the human basis of our democracy. Though Algren often defines his positive values by showing us what happens in their absence, his hell burns with passion for heaven."—The New York Times Book Review

"A Walk on the Wild Side . . . deserves to read by every Catch-22 and Cuckoo's Nest freak just so they can find out what opened the door for [these] two novels . . . It's not only that before Heller and Kesey there was Algren. It's that Algren is where they came from."—Rolling Stone

"Mr. Algren, boy, you are good."—Ernest Hemingway
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Mandarins
Simone de Beauvoir
0393318834
July 1999
Paperback
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San Francisco Chronicle
Salty, frank, and realistic.

New York Times
Much more than a roman clef . . . a moving and engrossing novel.

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A Walk on the Wild Side
Nelson Algren
0374525323
June 1998
Paperback
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Review
"The intensity of his feeling, the accuracy of his thought, make me wonder if any other writer of our time has shown us more exactly the human basis of our democracy. Though Algren often defines his positive values by showing us what happens in their absence, his hell burns with passion for heaven."—The New York Times Book Review

"A Walk on the Wild Side . . . deserves to read by every Catch-22 and Cuckoo's Nest freak just so they can find out what opened the door for [these] two novels . . . It's not only that before Heller and Kesey there was Algren. It's that Algren is where they came from."—Rolling Stone

"Mr. Algren, boy, you are good."—Ernest Hemingway


Wilderness City
Ted L. Clontz
0415975506
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The books seeks to examine changes in the U.S.--literary, aesthetic, and social--as represented in novels set in an environment where the gamut of ethnicities and their often differing views of literature and culture that make up the U.S. are more generally found, using the theories and concepts of Mikhail Bakhtin, particularly his concept of the chronotope, or spacetime.


Conversations with Nelson Algren
Nelson Algren
0226013839
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
In these frank and often devastating conversations Nelson Algren reveals himself with all the gruff humor, deflating insight, honesty, and critical brilliance that marked his career. Prodded by H. E. F. Donohue, Algren discusses everything from his childhood to his compulsion to write to his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. The result is a masterful portrait of a rebel and a major American writer.




Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren
Simone de Beauvoir
1565845609
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Simone de Beauvoir met Nelson Algren in Chicago in February 1947, when a mutual friend arranged for him to serve as her tour guide for two days. The attraction was immediate, and within two months they were in love. Because Algren was so alien to de Beauvoir's world, she spent time describing events and people to him she might otherwise have taken for granted. The result is that de Beauvoir's 300 surviving letters to Algren are unusually rich in detail--love letters with a conscious undercurrent of French social history. Translated and annotated by Kate Leblanc, they offer amusing insights into postwar Parisian life and characters, delivered with the charm of the nonnative writer.

In one letter, de Beauvoir sums up Albert Camus as "an interesting but difficult guy. When he was not pleased with the book he was...



Nelson Algren: A Descriptive Bibliography
Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
0822935171
February 1985
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This detailed bibliography is an extension of Nelson Algren: a checklist , compiled by Kenneth G. McCollum (1973). It brings the history of Algren's career up to date, including information on his final novel, The Devil's Stocking , published in 1983. Algren wrote five novels in addition to short stories, essays, and poems, and is best known as a Chicago writer and a champion of the proletariat; he also spent 48 years writing for newspapers and magazines. Bruccoli's bibliography is especially useful in documenting Algren's prolific journalistic career as well as offering a publishing history of his individual works. For public and academic libraries with collections in urban American literature. Melissa Cain, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libs.Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Confronting the Horror: The Novels of Nelson Algren
James R. Giles
0873383788
January 1989
Hardcover
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Understanding Nelson Algren
Brooke Horvath
1570035741
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Understanding Nelson Algren traces the career of a writer best known for his novels The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side. From Algren’s first short stories through his final fiction, the posthumously published The Devil’s Stocking, Brooke Horvath surveys the literary contributions of a writer known as the voice of America’s dispossessed. Horvath offers an introduction to the life and work of the Chicagoan who wrote about the underclass in the Windy City and beyond, bringing to the fore their humanity and aspirations. He proposes that while it is appropriate to view Algren’s work through the lenses of literary naturalism, disenchanted social critique, and in his later works, postmodernism, Algren’s ideological concerns should not eclipse his considerable stylistic...


Nonconformity: Writing on Writing
Nelson Algren
1888363053
August 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
During the McCarthy era, writer Nelson Algren was fingered as a Communist. The author of hugely successful novels including The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side, Algren lost a contract with his publisher, Doubleday, for a book of essays. The manuscript for those essays had been missing for nearly four decades. But publisher Daniel Simon has resurrected the work, a collection of diatribes and rants on the life and philosophy of the modern writer. The book reflects the depth of Algren's sensitivity, which was at odds with the tough-guy image he tried to present. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
In works like The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren (1909-1981) looked at the rough-and-tumble lives of petty...


Never Come Morning
Nelson Algren
1583222790
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
A reissue of a classic American novel, with an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut, Nelson Algren's second novel, originally published in 1942, tells the story of Bruno Bicek, a tough from Chicago's Northwest Side, and Steffi, the woman who shares his dream while living his nightmare. "An unusual book and a brilliant book." -- The New York Times

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.


Nonconformity: Writing on Writing
Nelson Algren
1888363622
December 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
During the McCarthy era, writer Nelson Algren was fingered as a Communist. The author of hugely successful novels including The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side, Algren lost a contract with his publisher, Doubleday, for a book of essays. The manuscript for those essays had been missing for nearly four decades. But publisher Daniel Simon has resurrected the work, a collection of diatribes and rants on the life and philosophy of the modern writer. The book reflects the depth of Algren's sensitivity, which was at odds with the tough-guy image he tried to present. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
In works like The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren (1909-1981) looked at the rough-and-tumble lives of petty...

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