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The Man With The Golden Arm : 50th Anniversay Edition - Nelson Algren

The Man With The Golden Arm

50th Anniversay Edition

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9781583220085
Number Of Pages: 400

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The Man with the Golden Arm is Nelson Algren's most powerful and enduring work. On the 50th anniversary of its publication in November 1949, for which Algren was honored with the first National Book Award (which he received from none other than Eleanor Roosevelt at a ceremony in March 1950), Seven Stories is proud to release the first critical edition of an Algren work.
A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.
The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm "Algren's defense of the individual," while Carl Sandburg wrote of its "strange midnight dignity." A literary tour de force, here is a novel unlike any other, one in which drug addiction, poverty, and human failure somehow suggest a defense of human dignity and a reason for hope.
Special contributions by Russell Banks, Bettina Drew, James R. Giles, Carlo Rotella, William Savage, Lee Stringer, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Editors' Preface
The Man with the Golden Armp. 1
Letter to Joe Haasp. 345
Arm: A Memoirp. 349
Algren's Golden Penp. 363
Algren as I Knew Himp. 367
Glassesp. 371
Nelson Algren's Politicsp. 377
Photographing Nelson Algrenp. 381
Early Reception
Nelson Algren: The Iron Sanctuaryp. 387
Nelson Algrenp. 393
A Voyeur's View of the Wild Side: Nelson Algren and His Reviewersp. 399
New Views
Algren's Questionp. 411
The Quality of Laughter: Algren's Challenge to the Readerp. 417
The Story of Decline and the October Cityp. 423
The Heart of the Matterp. 433
The Value of Dissentp. 437
Golden Arm's Song of Sweet Surrenderp. 439
An Algren Photo Essayp. 445
Contributor Biographiesp. 451
Acknowledgments and Creditsp. 453
About the Authorp. 455
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781583220085
ISBN-10: 1583220089
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 50