Nelson Algren (1909–1981)

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Nelson Algren, the author of two of the seminal works of post-World War II American letters ("The Man With the Golden Arm" and "A Walk on the Wild Side") was born Nelson Ahlgren Abraham on March 28, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan, into a Jewish family. His paternal grandfather, who was on Scandinavian extraction, had converted to Judaism on his own ... See full bio »


(age 72) in Sag Harbor, New York, USA

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 2016 Nelson Algren Live (Documentary)
 2003 Algren's Last Night (Short) (writings)
 2001 Nelson Algren: For Keeps and a Single Day (TV Special) (writings)
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side (novel "A Walk on the Wild Side")
 1960 Shoestring Theatre (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- Bottle of Milk for Mother (1960) ... (short story)
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (from the novel by)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- So Help Me (1952) ... (story)
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Radio: Nightline (WBBM/Chicago) Panel discussion with Algren, former FCC chair Newton Minow, Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko, Northwestern University law professor Claude Sowle and Father John Banahan, director of the Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese's office of radio and television. John Calloway hosts. 3 hours and 50 ... See more »

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12 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | See more »

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[about his time spent in Hollywood] I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday. See more »


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 13-15. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

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