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Monday, April 27, 2009
Arguably Chicago's greatest writer- or at least my personal favorite- Nelson Algren, would be 100 this year. Have a look at this article that appeared in the LA Times, as well as the story in the Chicago Reader.
My favorite Algren books: 1 Somebody in Boots 2 Never Come Morning 3 Neon Wilderness 4 The Texas Stories 5 Chicago City on the Make 6 The Last Carousel 7 Nonconformity: Writing on Writing
Notice the absence of Walk on the Wild Side and Man With a Golden Arm. They're both, of course, are classics, but I have a preference for his earlier work, particularly that written during the Depression, as well as his short stories and essays. Also, if you can find a copy check out Conversations with Nelson Algren.
London-based journalist and author of Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War; Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction; and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood.