Nelson Algren: The Man with the Golden Arm

(1388 words)
  • William J. Savage (Northwestern University )

Nelson Algren's fourth book and third novel, The Man with the Golden Arm, was published by Doubleday in 1949; it won the first National Book Award in 1950, and its critical and popular success represented the zenith of Algren's career. It was adapted for a well-received Broadway drama, as well as perhaps the worst film version of a novel ever made. Seven Stories Press issued a 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of the novel, the first critical edition of any work by Algren, in 1999.

In The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren tells the story of Frankie Machine, his wife Sophie, his friend Sparrow, his lover Molly, his nemesis Police Captain Record Head Bednar, and other denizens of Chicago's Near Northwest Side, …

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Savage, William J.. "The Man with the Golden Arm". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]