A Walk on the Wild Side - Nelson Algren 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.
  Dust jacket photograph by Arthur Shay.

The novel was adapted into a film in 1962, directed by Edward Dmytryk, and starring Laurence Harvey, Jane Fonda, and Barbara Stanwyck. It also inspired musician Lou Reed’s classic song of the same name.

Nelson Algren was born in 1909, in Detroit, but lived most of his life in Chicago. A prolific writer of short stories, essays, and travelogues, he is best remembered for his gritty novels,
The Man with the Golden Arm, and A Walk on the Wild Side. Algren’s life was a succession of gambling problems, disastrous marriages and wild extremes, ranging from Texas prisons and skid-row soup kitchens to Hollywood parties and literary celebrations; he also had a passionate love affair with French feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir. A recipient of the National Book Award, Algren was also appointed a fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters shortly before his death in 1981.

References: Flanagan, ‘
Prophet of the neon wilderness’ The Telegraph 2006. ‘Nelson Algren’ The New York Times 1981. www.canongate.com. www.imdb.com. Lou Reed, EMI Music Publishers.
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  Condition: Near fine, some light soiling to board extremities, and faint foxing to edges, in very good, unclipped dust jacket, light wear to spine ends, and foxing to rear panel.   Ref: 106425   Price: HK$ 1,700