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b This th anniversary edition has been newly annotated by David Schmittgens and Bill Savage with explanations for everything from Chicago history to slang to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered b br br i In this slender classic Algren tells us all we need to know about passion heaven hell And a city i From the introduction by b Studs Terkel b br br b Nelson Algren b won the National Book Award in for i The Man with the Golden Arm i His other works include i Walk on the Wild Side i and i Conversations with Nelson Algren i the last available from the University of Chicago Press br br b David Schmittgens b teaches English at New Trier High School in Northfield Illinois br br b Bill Savage b is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University and coeditor of the th Anniversary Critical Edition of i The Man with the Golden Arm i br br Cover photograph Robert McCullogh, The struggle to write with deep emotion is the subject of this extraordinary book the previously unpublished credo of one of America s greatest th century writers br You don t write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich writes Nelson Algren in his only longer work of nonfiction adding A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery br Nonconformity is about th century America Never on the earth of man has he lived so tidily as here amidst such psychological disorder And it is about the trouble writers ask for when they try to describe America Our myths are so many our vision so dim our self deception so deep and our smugness so gross that scarcely any way now remains of reporting the American Century except from behind the billboards where there are still defeats in which everything is lost and victories that fall close enough to the heart to afford living hope br 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 utility infielder Leo Durocher and legendary barkeep Martin Dooley He shares his deepest beliefs about the state of literature and its role in society along the way painting a chilling portrait of the early s Joe McCarthy s heyday when many American writers were blacklisted and ruined for saying similar things to what Algren is saying here, Frankie Machine reckons he s a tough guy in the Chicago underworld dealing cards in a backstreet gambling den and hustling two bit scams to pay for a heroin addiction he wants to kick but can t He convinces himself that playing the tubs is the only way out of he poverty and addiction that is consuming him br Around him revolve the lives of Sophie his crippled nagging wife Molly the saloon bar stripper who loves him and tries to keep him free from the cops and his drug habit Nifty Louie Frankie s neighbourhood dealer and Sparrow the punk unreformable petty theif and Frankie s closest friend br With consummate skill Algren lays bare the tragedy and humour of Frankie s world the people on both sides of the law who are trapped in poverty frustration and despair Algren s sympathetic portrait of people living in the Chicago slums is one of the classics of modern literature and was the first ever winner of the National Book Award, i An unusual book and a brilliant book i The New York Times br br i One of the finest works of American literature that I have read i James T Farrell br br i A knockout i Saturday Review of Literature br br i b Never Come Morning b depicts the intensity of feeling the tawdry but potent dreams the crude but forceful poetry and the frustrated longing for human dignity residing in the lives of the Poles of Chicago s Northwest Side and this revelation informs us all that there lies an ocean of life at our doorstep an unharnessed unchanneled and unknown ocean i Richard Wright br br i Utter sincerity and psychological truth i Philip Rahv in i The Nation br br Mr Algren is out to shock but he does so without seeming to sensationalize I for one found myself believing i Clinton Fadiman in i The New Yorker br br The girls sitting around the juke box in Mama Tomek s the boys playing under the El the look of Chicago streets in the rain It is the poetry of familiar things that is missing in the other Chicago novels Algren is a poet the Chicago slums i Malcolm Cowley br br i A book a true book is the writer s confessional For whether he would have it so or not he is betrayed directly or indirectly by his characters into presenting publicly his innermost feelings i Nelson Algren br br Cover photograph Stephen Deutch