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Nelson Algren

Author Nelson Algren, right, who has written an introduction to a republication of Ben Hecht’s novel “Erik Dorn,” discusses the book with fellow author, James T. Farrell, at a party in Chicago,Ill., Nov. 21, 1963. At the party the University of Chicago Press launched a major publishing venture called “Chicago in Fiction.”

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Nelson Algren Documentary Paints Full Picture Of Chicago Literary Legend

First screened in 2014 to rave reviews, local filmmaker Michael Caplan’s thorough and visually stunning documentary on the life and work of Chicago writer Nelson Algren is finally getting the wider audience it deserves. The documentary premieres Friday on WTTW.

GUEST: Michael Caplan, filmmaker and associate professor at Columbia College

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