“I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.”

~Alfred Hitchcock

Winner of the National Book award for his novel <em>The Man With the Golden Arm,</em> as a young man Algren spent five months
Nelson Algren (1909-1981)
Winner of the National Book award for his novel The Man With the Golden Arm, as a young man Algren spent five months in jail for stealing a typewriter on which he’d been writing fiction. The experienced informed his later writing—he was described as “the poet of the jail and the whorehouse.”