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Frankie Machine, a veteran of the Second World War, returns to Chicago's Northwest side with a morphine habit. Nicknamed the 'kid with the golden arm ...Show synopsisFrankie Machine, a veteran of the Second World War, returns to Chicago's Northwest side with a morphine habit. Nicknamed the 'kid with the golden arm', Frankie is an aspiring drummer by day and an illicit card-dealer by night. In Molly, an old flame, he sees the chance for redemption, for hard work and success - but the demons that chase Frankie are not quite ready to let go. Nelson Algren's critically acclaimed and enormously powerful novel probes the lives of the displaced and dispossessed of post-war America.Hide synopsis
Description:Near Fine in Good jacket. Signed by the author on the half...Near Fine in Good jacket. Signed by the author on the half-title page. 1949, later printing. Hardcover, tan boards. Near Fine copy in a Good dust jacket. Previous owner's signature on the fly leaf, otherwise a clean, sharp copy. The DJ has shallow chipping along the bottom edge of the front panel, as well as the spine ends and corners; light staining to the front panel; folds rubbed, with some tearing. The DJ is now housed in a mylar wrap. An excellent, signed, later printing copy in a below average jacket. Digital images available upon request.
Description:Cover Painting By Ron Walotsky. Near Fine. Signed by Author...Cover Painting By Ron Walotsky. Near Fine. Signed by Author First Penguin Books trade paperback edition [Penguin Book 4523], complete and unabridged. This novel is Algren's most famous and was the first winner of the National Book Award. Nelson Algren's third novel, originally published in 1949, 366pp. Printed by Offset Paperback Mfrs. Inc, PA and set in Linotype Times Roman. White pictorial card covers with orange spine. Cover price 2.50. [Bruccoli A.4.7. a] SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page in ink with some slight bleed through to page 5. Great looking copy of a book that is becoming hard to find. The book is tight and square. There is some slight spine fade, minor original book production spine wrinkling, slight crease to back cover, previous owner's name to interior front cover; but no spine creasing and white covers are unsoiled. Very nice copy. Scarce, especially signed and in this condition. 'Set in the gritty underbelly of post-WWII Chicago, Algren's prize-winning novel tells of a group of likable losers, chief among them Frankie Machine--card dealer, drummer, and drug addict. We also get acquainted with Frankie's whiny, wheelchair-bound wife, Sophie; his sweet girlfriend, Molly; the thief, Sparrow; and other denizens of Division Street as they struggle through life, often as their own worst enemies. Algren's sympathy for his creations comes through. 'Man' may be a "dark" tale, but it is laced with funny, tender scenes. Addiction, adultery, alcoholism, murder, and gambling all play a part, but they are filtered through fifty years of social and literary history. For those craving skillful writing sensitively read, this is a balm'. -J.B.G. Winner. Made into the Otto Preminger film starring Frank Sinatra. Nelson Algren was one of the most authentic writers of the 20th century. He wrote things as he saw and heard them. "Poet of the Chicago Slums"-Malcolm Cowley.
Description:Very Good. Good Dust Jacket. Inscribed By Author on Half Title...Very Good. Good Dust Jacket. Inscribed By Author on Half Title Page Spine of the book has two small light brown spots, the jacket has many small chips and has a slightly darket spine.
Description:Signed by Author First Edition, First Issue. 8vo., 343pp., beige...Signed by Author First Edition, First Issue. 8vo., 343pp., beige cloth stamped green & red to the spine, green endpapers. A very good copy showing some light use, in a moderately worn supplied dustwrapper priced at $3.00 without mention of the National Book Award & free of reviews. A very personable inscription to friends in black fountain pen on the verso of the front fly leaf: "For Joyce and Ed, / the sort of people / to believe us / with good wishes / and pleasant / recollections / from / Nelson". Algren's highly regarded finest work, NBA Winner, & basis to the Frank Sinatra & Kim Novak starring 1955 United Artists / Preminger movie. "You mean just stop? Cold turkey? You don't understand! The pain..."-Frankie Machine A worthy item.
Description:Near Fine dust jacket. Algren's best-known work, a tale of a...Near Fine dust jacket. Algren's best-known work, a tale of a recovering drug addict and the drug culture that was the first winner of the National Book Award and was later made into an acclaimed film, which earned three Academy Award nominations, including one for Frank Sinatra for Best Actor, in a performance some think was his finest ever. Signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Foxing to boards and edges of text block; near fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed and graying dust jacket with a couple of very small corner chips.
Algren is often "accused" of being a sentimentalist. So what? This has for decades been one of my favorite novels. Set in the gritty neighborhoods of 1940s Chicago, Algren portrays his characters fondly and comically, but feels for them enormously. As Algren said of the movie version of this book,"I ...
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