Social Concerns

According to his introduction, Algren's concern in this collection is with the relationship between fiction and society. These short stories,...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Cappetti, Carla. Writing Chicago: Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Cox, Martha Heasley, and Wayne Chatterton. Nelson Algren. Boston: Twayne, 1975.

Donohue, H. E. F. Conversations with Nelson Algren. New York: Hill and Wang, 1964.

Drew, Bettina. Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989.

Giles, James R. Confronting the Horror: The Novels of Nelson Algren. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1989.

Pitts, Mary Ellen. “Algren’s El: Internalized Machine and Displaced Nature.” South Atlantic Review 52 (November, 1987): 61-74.

Ray, David. “Housesitting the Wild Side.” Chicago Review 41 (1995): 107-116.

Techniques / Literary Precedents

Algren follows in the classic tradition of earthy detail and setting highlighted by a kind of elegiac lyricism, unrelenting naturalism...

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Related Titles

Lefty Bicek is the doomed young Pole of Never Come Morning (1942), and the Captain a prototype of Captain Bednar in The Man with...

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