Never A Lovely So Real
The Life and Work of Nelson AlgrenBook - 2019
"This definitive biography reclaims Nelson Algren as a towering literary figure and exposes how his radical politics sabotaged his career. For a time, Nelson Algren (1909-1981) was America's most famous author. Millions bought his books; The Man with the Golden Arm, winner of the first National Book Award, was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra. Yet the cause of Algren's decline was never clear. Some said he drank his talent away, others cited writer's block. The truth, hidden in the pages of his books, is far more complicated and tragic. In this magisterial biography--drawing from interviews, archived correspondence, and the first unredacted version of Algren's FBI file--Colin Asher reestablishes Algren not only as a legendary figure, but a dramatic iconoclast. He recounts the author's development as a thinker, his affair with Simone de Beauvoir, and his unapologetic left-leaning politics. Most intriguingly, Asher uncovers the true cause of Algren's artistic exile: a reckless creative decision that led to increased FBI scrutiny and may have caused a mental breakdown"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: PS3501.L4625 Z55 2019
Characteristics: xvi, 543 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm