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The Man with the Golden Arm (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Man with the Golden Arm (50th Anniversary Edition)

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Written by Nelson AlgrenAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Nelson Algren
Edited by William J. Savage, Jr.Author Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by William J. Savage, Jr. and Daniel SimonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Daniel Simon
Contribution by Kurt VonnegutAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kurt Vonnegut and Studs TerkelAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Studs Terkel

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
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  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • On Sale: November 9, 1999
  • Price: $18.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-58322-008-5 (1-58322-008-9)
Also available as a hardcover.
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Winner — National Book Award

The Man with the Golden Arm
is Nelson Algren’s most powerful and enduring work. On the 50th anniversary of its publication in November 1949, for which Algren was honored with the first National Book Award (which he received from none other than Eleanor Roosevelt at a ceremony in March 1950), Seven Stories is proud to release the first critical edition of an Algren work.

A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.

The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm “Algren’s defense of the individual,” while Carl Sandburg wrote of its “strange midnight dignity.” A literary tour de force, here is a novel unlike any other, one in which drug addiction, poverty, and human failure somehow suggest a defense of human dignity and a reason for hope.

Special contributions by Russell Banks, Bettina Drew, James R. Giles, Carlo Rotella, William Savage, Lee Stringer, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

“It’s a classic, essential reading for those interested in the other America.” — Ian Peddie, West Texas A&M Universtiy