Entrapment and Other Writings

Entrapment and Other Writings

Nelson Algren


Nelson Algren sought humanity within the city desert of postwar the US, the place his robust voice rose from at the back of the billboards and down tin-can alleys, from one of the marginalized and neglected, the outcasts and scapegoats, the punks and junkies, the whores and down-on-their good fortune gamblers, the punch-drunk boxers and skid-row drunkies and children who knew they might by no means achieve the age of twenty-one: them all admirable in Algren’s eyes for his or her energy and no-bullshit forthrightness, their insistence on residing and their skill to discover amusing and a dream within the unlikeliest places.
In Entrapment and different Writings—containing his unfinished novel and formerly unpublished or uncollected tales, poems, and essays—Algren speaks to our time as few of his fellow nice American writers of the Nineteen Forties and ’50s do, partially simply because he hasn’t but been approved and assimilated into the yank literary canon regardless of that he's held up as a talismanic determine. "You usually are not learn [Algren] for those who can’t take a punch," Ernest Hemingway declared. "Mr. Algren can hit with either arms and circulation round and he'll kill you while you're now not really careful."

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