Nonconformity by Nelson Algren
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Nonconformity
By Nelson Algren

Nonconformity

Writing on Writing New edition

By (author) See other recent books by Nelson Algren
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $17.99
Your Price: $16.19 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $1.80! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $0.81 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply, Not for Xmas



Nonconformity by Nelson Algren

Book Description

NONCONFORMITY: WRITING ON WRITING The first paperback publication of the only major work of non-fiction by the author of 'The Man with the Golden Arm'. Written between 1950 and 1953, the book draws examples from major writers - Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Fitzgerald etc - and uses their work in an attempt to identify the essential nature of the writer's relation to society.

Buy Nonconformity book by Nelson Algren from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781888363623
ISBN-10: 1888363622
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 10-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author Nelson Algren

Non-conformity by Nelson Algren Non-conformity, Paperback (September 2013)

In Nonconformity, Algren identifies the essential nature of the writer's relation to society, drawing examples from Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Twain, and Fitzgerald, as well as baseball players and barkeeps. He shares his deepest beliefs about the state of literature and its role in society.

Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren Man with the Golden Arm, Paperback (July 2012)

A new Canons edition of the modern American classic An introduction by Irvine Welsh An afterword by Kurt Vonnegut

Entrapment and Other Writings by Nelson Algren Entrapment and Other Writings, Paperback (September 2009)

A treasure trove of unpublished writings, including a lost unfinished novel, to honor Nelson Algren's centennial birthday.

» View all books by Nelson Algren

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » A previously unpublished work from the author of The Man With the Golden Arm and other masterful portraits of the seamy underside of urban America. This volume, essentially a lengthy essay in book form, was written by Algren in the early 1950s, at the peak of his fame and the height of the McCarthy era. At the time, his lengthy affair with Simone de Beauvoir was coming to an unhappy end and he was throwing himself into the public arena in reaction to that private pain. Nonconformity shows its origins in those multiple traumas. Opening with a brief and mournful recollection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "crack-up," Algren jumps into a passionate defense of the writer as someone who must live out the emotions of his characters, no easy thing in an era in which all the forces of the state and the market seem to be calculated to produce conformist writing that commits nothing, dares nothing, and achieves nothing. It is a time, he writes repeatedly, in which Americans are caught "between the H bomb and the A," with the threat of internal destruction greater than any threat from the so-called Red Menace. At such a time, Algren says defiantly, a writer's attitude to his readers should be "this ain't what you rung for, Jack - but it's what you're damned well getting." That's certainly the mind-set that dominated Algren's best writing. The afterword and notes by Simon are useful, placing the essay in a larger biographical and historical context. However, the editor's claim that this is "Algren's only book-length work of non-fiction" is dubious; Algren also turned out two substantial travel books and an essay of similar length on his native Chicago, each of them filled with the same corrosive writing on the American scene. That said, this is a typically refreshing breath of cigarette-smoke-filled air from one of our most underrated writers, angry and funny as Algren usually is. (Kirkus Reviews)


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Nonconformity book by Nelson Algren and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Nelson Algren

One of the most neglected of modern American authors and also one of the best loved, NELSON ALGREN (1909-1981) believed that "literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity." His own voluminous body of work stands up to that belief. Algren's powerful voice rose from the urban wilderness of postwar Chicago, and it is to that city of hustlers, addicts and scamps that he returned again and again, eventually raising Chicago's "lower depths" up onto a stage for the whole world to behold. Recipient of the first National Book Award for fiction and lauded by Hemingway as "one of the two best authors in America," Algren remains among our most defiant and enduring novelists. His work includes five major novels, two short fiction collections, a book-length poem and several collections of reportage. A source of inspiration to artists as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Donald Barthelme, Studs Terkel and Lou Reed, Algren died on May 9, 1981, within days of his appointment as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Nelson Algren close
Non-conformity by Nelson Algren
Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
Chicago: City on the Make by Nelson Algren
Entrapment and Other Writings by Nelson Algren
Algren at Sea by Nelson Algren
Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren
Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
Neon Wilderness by Nelson Algren
Never Come Morning by Nelson Algren
Conversations with Nelson Algren by Nelson Algren
Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
Nonconformity by Nelson Algren
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close