Entrapment and Other Writings

Entrapment and Other Writings

Book - 2009 | Seven Stories Press first edition
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A treasure trove of previously uncollected fiction, poetry, essays and reviews. Published during the centennial year of Algren's birth, Entrapment and Other Writings contains some of his earliest short stories as well as the last two he wrote before his death in 1981. The centrepiece of the collection is Algren's unfinished novel, Entrapment. Based on the life of his friend Margo, a heroin addict and prostitute, the novel demonstrates some of Algren's finest and most provocative writing.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2009
Edition: Seven Stories Press first edition
ISBN: 9781583228685
1583228683
Branch Call Number: FIC SS
823 A396e
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Horvath, Brooke
Simon, Daniel 1957-

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joe_strnad
Jun 19, 2012

This is a nice collection of short stories, previously unpublished works, essays and an interview. A must read for Algren fans. Included are two scenes from his unfinished novel "Entrapment." Once again we get a gritty view of dope fiends and prostitutes, based on these two snippets "Entrapment," could have been great. I particularly enjoyed "Walk Pretty All The Way," humorous story told from the perspective of a runaway fourteen year old girl. It's not often that Algren writes from the female POV, but it's great storytelling when he does. “The Swede was a Hard Guy” is great essay recounting the Chicago Black Sox scandal of 1919 (the title refers to Sox shortstop Charles 'Swede' Risberg.) Algren fondly remembers his innocent teammate, third baseman Buck Weaver, who was banned from organized baseball with seven others. Weaver never took a dime from the gamblers who paid his teammates to fix the World Series and was denied his request to have a separate trial. Weaver was portrayed by John Cusack in the film "Eight Men Out." More info at http://www.clearbuck.com/bio.htm

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