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The Man With the Golden Arm -
1949 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition
‘There’s people in hell who want ice water…’
Algren’s shockingly brilliant novel of the disinherited, The Man With the Golden Arm tells the sordid tale of Frankie Machine, the ‘golden arm’ dealer of a back street Chicago gambling den, whose heroin addiction and failing marriage drive him to the depths of despair.
The character of Frankie Machine was memorably brought to life on the silver screen by Frank Sinatra, in Otto Preminger’s 1955 film adaption of the novel, which co-starred Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker.
A Walk on the Wild Side -
1956 - Farrar, New York - First Edition
‘Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.’
Algren’s tragicomic, picaresque account of young Texan Dove Linkhorn’s adventures as a hobo, hustler, stud, prisoner, and victim, as he traverses the shady corners of Old Perdido Street, in the French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans.
Little Joe never once gave it away, Everybody had to pay and pay, A hustle here and a hustle there, New York City is the place where they said: Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories -
1976 - University of Chicago Press, Chicago - First Edition
‘In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing’
A freshly landed first edition of Maclean’s beautiful first book and the first work of fiction to be published by the University of Chicago Press, where he had been a professor for many years. Maclean had told versions of these stories, over the years, to a number of people who encouraged him, finally, to write them down at the age of eighty.
‘We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen.’