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Description - Nonconformity by Nelson Algren

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781888363623
ISBN-10: 1888363622
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 4-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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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.

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