Algren is the first feature length documentary that spotlights the creative legacy of one of the most underrated American writers of the twentieth century, Nelson Algren; recipient of the first National Book Award for Man With a Golden Arm (1950), Simone de Beauvoir’s “Chicago Bohemian” lover, a Beat writer before the Beats, a forerunner of the Gonzo movement. Through interviews with internationally known artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers, Algren will reestablish Algren’s huge impact on countless literary and artistic champions, while defining American urban fiction.
Algren was America’s Dostoevsky and Chicago’s Dickens, filling the pages of his novels, short stories and essays with the observations of his city and the world around him. He lured his naturalistic characters out from the ramshackle tenements, grimy taverns, cluttered police departments and prison cells of the Chicago neighborhoods he visited and often called home.
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