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 408,999 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Nelson Algren is the 2,017th most popular writer (up from 2,465th in 2019), the 2,530th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,955th in 2019) and the 241st most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Nelson Algren ranks 2,017 out of 5,794Before him are Charles de Brosses, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Maria Shriver, Johnston McCulley, Charles Maturin, and Maurice Sendak. After him are Gaston Paris, Matthew Arnold, James M. Cain, Eliza Orzeszkowa, Gottschalk of Orbais, and Julian Tuwim.

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Among people born in 1909, Nelson Algren ranks 91Before him are Adolfo López Mateos, Juan Bosch, Ben Webster, Werner Naumann, Shigeo Shingo, and Mikhail Mil. After him are David Riesman, William M. Branham, Homi J. Bhabha, Bernd Rosemeyer, Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, and André Abegglen. Among people deceased in 1981, Nelson Algren ranks 64Before him are Melvyn Douglas, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, Christy Brown, Yakov Pavlov, Manuel Urrutia Lleó, and Valeri Kharlamov. After him are Gunichi Mikawa, Rensis Likert, Franjo Šeper, Duško Popov, Alberto Suppici, and Kirill Kondrashin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 2,530 out of 15,968Before him are J. Walter Christie (1865), Maurice Sendak (1928), Michelle Williams (1980), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Dennis Wilson (1944), and Michael DeBakey (1908). After him are Harvey Cushing (1869), Esther Williams (1921), Ben Johnson (1918), Paul Rudd (1969), Leonard Susskind (1940), and James M. Cain (1892).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Nelson Algren ranks 241Before him are Joan Didion (1934), Edward Gorey (1925), Nora Ephron (1941), Maria Shriver (1955), Johnston McCulley (1883), and Maurice Sendak (1928). After him are James M. Cain (1892), Neil Postman (1931), Margaret Fuller (1810), Kate Millett (1934), Edward Bellamy (1850), and Tony Robbins (1960).