„I am the penny whistle of American literature.“

—  Nelson Algren

"I heard him say one time" about being cheated out of the profits of The Man With the Golden Arm film, quoted by Kurt Vonnegut, 1986.
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„[About his legacy:] I'll be all right so long as it has been written on some corner of a human heart. On the heart, it doesn't matter how you spell it.“

—  Nelson Algren

Quoted by Ron Grossman, "Nelson Algren's Chicago" http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-nelson-algren-flashback-chicago-authors-perspec-0326-jm-20170324-story.html, The Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2017.
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„[Chicago is] the only major city in the country where you can easily buy your way out of a murder rap.“

—  Nelson Algren

"Chicago, which he once described to me as [...]", quoted by Kurt Vonnegut, 1986.
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„What country is there for a white man who isn't white?“

—  Nelson Algren

"Algren once asked", quoted by Richard Flanagan, 2005.
Nonfiction works

„A man who won't demean himself for a dollar is a phoney to my way of thinking.“

—  Nelson Algren

"Algren wrote in a letter in late middle age" (1960s), quoted by Richard Flanagan, 2005.
Nonfiction works

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