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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 429,772 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Nelson Algren is the 2,013th most popular writer (up from 2,016th in 2019), the 2,634th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,529th in 2019) and the 240th most popular American Writer.

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  • 28

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  • 4.77

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  • 3.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Nelson Algren ranks 2,013 out of 5,755Before him are Michael Cunningham, Sabahattin Ali, Izabela Czartoryska, Michel Leiris, Walter Bagehot, and Eduardo Mendoza Garriga. After him are Gerald Gardner, Pierre Lemaitre, Juhani Aho, Joseph Heller, Alciphron, and Gaston III, Count of Foix.

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Among people born in 1909, Nelson Algren ranks 95Before him are Shigeo Shingo, Edwin H. Land, Eduard Wirths, Atsushi Nakajima, Matti Järvinen, and Adolfo López Mateos. After him are August Derleth, Karl Schäfer, Adib Shishakli, Isa Miranda, André Abegglen, and Hendrik Casimir. Among people deceased in 1981, Nelson Algren ranks 69Before him are Valeri Kharlamov, Albert Cohen, Lotte Reiniger, Kirill Kondrashin, Yakov Pavlov, and Nisargadatta Maharaj. After him are D. R. Bendre, Ziaur Rahman, Giuseppe Pella, Ferruccio Parri, Melvyn Douglas, and Manuel Urrutia Lleó.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 2,634 out of 18,182Before him are Morton Feldman (1926), Robin Tunney (1972), Gall (1840), Coleman Hawkins (1904), George B. McClellan (1826), and Tom Savini (1946). After him are Carmine Coppola (1910), Joseph Heller (1923), Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), Michael Walzer (1935), Everett McGill (1945), and Jonathan Larson (1960).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 240Before him are John Grinder (1940), Ed McBain (1926), Chuck Palahniuk (1962), Carl Sandburg (1878), Harlan Coben (1962), and Michael Cunningham (1952). After him are Joseph Heller (1923), August Derleth (1909), Annie Proulx (1935), John W. Campbell (1910), James M. Cain (1892), and William Moulton Marston (1893).