American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Algren, Nelson 1909-1981. American writer noted for his novels about the pride and longings of impoverished people, including The Man with the Golden Arm (1949).
- n. United States writer (1909-1981)
“Drew's complaint about my "scholarship" and fairness sounds feeble coming from someone willing to say that I called Algren "a writer simply recording gritty realism" when in fact I wrote, "The breaking up of Algren's original idea of himself as a writer simply recording gritty reality," referring to his own description of his work, quoted earlier in my essay, as "reportage.”
“Studs Terkel — whose quote on Nelson as Lear's wise fool Edwards artlessly twists into calling Algren neither a great writer nor a wise man — and I meet on this amazing circuit about five times a year.”
“He took his Swedish grandfather's name Algren and started writing.”
“This 12-film survey hits some of the high points: "From Here to Eternity" which won the singer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, "The Manchurian Candidate," and the controversial-in-its-day "The Man with the Golden Arm," with Sinatra as a skin-and-bones junkie in Otto Preminger 's adaptation of the Nelson Algren novel.”
“My other quibble is that there's nothing to read by Ernest Hemingway and Nelson Algren.”
“It's possible that Vanity Fair edited Algren out of the excerpt, though I doubt that.”
“There's no mention of Nelson Algren despite the fact that Donadio herself regarded him as the cream of her crop.”
“Coincidentally, the review helps explain why Mailer and others among the literati thumbed a nose at Algren.”
“Algren, with far greater precision, called Catch-22 "not merely the best American novel to come out of World War II; it is the best American novel to come out of anywhere in years.”
“The movie that will bring them together on screen will be My American Dream, to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom and be about the French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (Paradis) and her American lover Nelson Algren (Depp, natch.)”
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