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Nelson Algren (1909-1981) Stories We’ve Read: “He Swung and He Missed” “A Bottle of Milk for Mother” Recommended: The Man With the Golden Arm (1949)
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Nelson Algren’s Chicago: --Tough, Masculine --Poor, Working-Class --Low-Life Scene (Boxers, Street Punks, Criminals, Cops) --Multicultural --Tight-Knit Ethnic Communities --Loyal, Hardworking --Tragic --Sentimental --Proud
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Wicker Park/Polish Triangle Neighborhood Setting for “A Bottle of Milk for Mother” and Algren’s most influential novel , The Man With the Golden Arm
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Saul Bellow (1915-2005) Stories We’ve Read: “Looking for Mr. Green” and “Something to Remember Me By” Recommended: The Dangling Man (1944), The Adventures of Augie March (1953), and Humboldt’s Gift (1975)
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Saul Bellow’s Chicago --Cold --Vast --Desolate, Depressed, Decaying --Lacking compassion or sense of community --Segregated by race and ethnicity --Callous, suspicious --Unsentimental --Existentialist
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Neighborhood --Largely Eastern European Jewish population up to 1950s
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ChicagoWriters - Nelson Algren (1909-1981) Stories Weve...

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