Never Come Morning

Never Come Morning

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Never Come Morning is unique among the novels of Algren. The author's only romance, the novel concerns Bruno Bicek, a would-be boxer from Chicago's Northwest side, and Steffi, the woman who shares his dream while living his nightmare. It is an unusual and brilliant book, said The New York Times. A bold scribbling upon the wall for comfortable Americans to ponder and digest. This new edition features an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and an interview with Nelson Algren by H.E.F. Donohue.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 211mm | 368.32g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1644210444
  • 9781644210444

Review quote

"Never Come Morning depicts the intensity of feeling, the tawdry but potent dreams, the crude but forceful poetry, and the frustrated longing for human dignity residing in the lives of the Poles of Chicago's Northwest Side, and this revelation informs us all that there lies an ocean of life at our doorstep--an unharnessed, unchanneled and unknown ocean . . ." -Richard Wright
"It is an unusual and brilliant book . . . a bold scribbling upon the wall for comfortable Americans to ponder and digest." -New York Times
"If the world of Never Come Morning is tawdry and brutal, Algren's language has a lyrical impulse that humanizes and uplifts. . . . Algren's passionate belief that the disenfranchised and their lives matter, and should matter, never translates into sentimentality or righteous hectoring. Clear-eyed compassion, respect for fact and a fiery imagination that's fueled by empathy for the suffering of others make his work powerful, enduring and unique. Never Come Morning is inspiring." -Irini Spanidou
"One of the most important American novels that I have read . . ." -James T. Farrell
"Like a flare of light, it illumines . . . but in human terms. Never Come Morning towers head and shoulders over most novels." -Benjamin Appel, Saturday Review
"The best book to come out of Chicago." -Ernest hemingway
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About Nelson Algren

One of the most neglected American writers and also one of the best loved, Nelson Algren wrote once that literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. His writings always lived up to that definition. He was born March 28, 1909 in Detroit and lived mostly in Chicago. His first short fiction appeared in Story magazine in 1933. In 1935 he published his first novel, Somebody in Boots. In early 1942, Algren put the finishing touches on a second novel and joined the war as an enlisted man. By 1945, he still had not made the grade of Private first class, but the novel, Never Come Morning, was widely praised and eventually sold over a million copies. Jean-Paul Sartre translated the French-language edition. Algren went on to write a number of novels, story collections, and travel writings including The Neon Wilderness (1947), The Man with the Golden Arm (1949), which won the first National Book Award for Fiction, the prose poem Chicago: City on the Make (1951), and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956) among others. Algren died on May 9, 1981, a few days shy of his appointment as a fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His last novel, The Devil's Stocking, based on the life of Hurricane Carter, Nonconformity: Writing on Writing, and Entrapment and Other Writings, a collection of lost and unfinished writings were published posthumously, in 1983, 1996, and 2009 respectively. One of the short story masterpieces from Entrapment, The Lightless Room, is featured in Nelson Algren Live, a film written and produced by Barry Gifford and Dan Simon, starring Willem Dafoe.
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