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 »


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 2016 Nelson Algren Live (Documentary)
 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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 1967 Fearless Frank
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 1976 The New Deal for Artists (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Today (TV Series)
- Episode dated 9 August 1965 (1965) ... Himself
 1964 Goldstein
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One of the great Chicago writers of the 20th century, most famous for what was one of the first novels about drug addiction, "The Man with the Golden Arm" (winner of the National Book Award). See more »

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11 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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