Nelson Algren

1909 - 1981

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Nelson Algren (born Nelson Ahlgren Abraham; March 28, 1909 – May 9, 1981) was an American writer. His 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm won the National Book Award and was adapted as the 1955 film of the same name. Algren articulated the world of "drunks, pimps, prostitutes, freaks, drug addicts, prize fighters, corrupt politicians, and hoodlums". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nelson Algren has received more than 527,388 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Nelson Algren is the 2,170th most popular writer (down from 1,997th in 2019), the 2,715th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,627th in 2019) and the 235th most popular American Writer.

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  • 29

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  • 3.16

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Notable Works

A walk on the wild side
Fiction, City and town life
The man with the golden arm
Fiction, Criminals, City and town life in fiction
Never come morning
Polish Americans, Fiction, Poor
Description and travel, History
The neon wilderness
City and town life, Fiction
American Novelists, Political aspects of Authorship, Authorship


Among writers, Nelson Algren ranks 2,170 out of 7,302Before him are Michel Leiris, Ka'b ibn Zuhayr, Isaac the Blind, Katsu Kaishū, William of Moerbeke, and Auguste Maquet. After him are Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Antimachus, Herman Bang, Alexander Imich, S. S. Van Dine, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.

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Among people born in 1909, Nelson Algren ranks 105Before him are Sigmund Rascher, Kinuyo Tanaka, Héctor José Cámpora, Juan Bosch, Marie-Thérèse Walter, and C. N. Annadurai. After him are Harro Schulze-Boysen, Matti Järvinen, Robert Serber, Eduard Wirths, Abdulrahman Fawzi, and Mehmed Orhan. Among people deceased in 1981, Nelson Algren ranks 70Before him are Natalia Pavlovna Paley, Melvyn Douglas, D. R. Bendre, Ferruccio Parri, Jean Eustache, and Ziaur Rahman. After him are Kirill Kondrashin, Franjo Šeper, Marcel Bezençon, Yakov Pavlov, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Glauber Rocha.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 2,715 out of 20,380Before him are William Joyce (1906), Jef Raskin (1943), Jim Kelly (1946), Edwin Hall (1855), Chuck Lorre (1952), and Grace Slick (1939). After him are Anne Archer (1947), Wes Montgomery (1923), Jo Van Fleet (1915), Ric Flair (1949), S. S. Van Dine (1888), and John Havlicek (1940).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 235Before him are Terry Brooks (1944), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), John Kennedy Toole (1937), Ed McBain (1926), Flannery O'Connor (1925), and Siri Hustvedt (1955). After him are S. S. Van Dine (1888), Jacques Futrelle (1875), Samuel R. Delany (1942), E. L. Doctorow (1931), Alfred Bester (1913), and Erich Segal (1937).