1954-1963. First Edition. Softcover. Collection of typed correspondences from Nelson Algren to his friend and poet John Ciardi. Includes 6 typed letters signed "Nelson", 1 typed post card signed "Nelson", and 1 printed Christmas card signed. "Nelson Algren" on the front with typed a note on the back. All written between 1956 and 1972.
One of the more interesting parts of this rich correspondence is Algren's explanation of the situation with film producer and director Otto Preminger, who Algren sued unsuccessfully over issues he had with the film version of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. In a letter dated "1/28/56", he refers to Preminger as "The World's Most Preposterous Man" and continues for 10 more paragraphs, claiming he received a token payment along with an understanding that he would receive a percentage of the film's profits (which never came). "My grievance is just this: I got left out. I got left out financially."
Algren would write a fictionalized version of the situation, calling Otto Premlinger "Schlepker" in a story, which is referred to several times in the letters to Ciardi. Very interesting correspondence by an author who was one of the best known writers in America during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Algren was also the lover of French writer Simone de Beauvoir and is featured in her novel, THE MANDARINS, set in Paris and Chicago. All the letters and cards are in very good condition, with usual signs of handling and wear. Preserved in a yellow portfolio folder with cover label and plastic sleeves.
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