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  • “Hurricane” Carter, Subject of Nelson Algren’s “The Devil’s Stocking”, Dies at 76

    April 23, 2014


    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a star prizefighter who spent 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, died at his home in Toronto last Sunday. He was 76.

    Initially commissioned to write a magazine article on the boxer, Nelson Algren became so inspired by Carter’s fight against injustice that his research grew into a novel. The Devil’s Stocking chronicles a battle for truth and human dignity, which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions amid the shadowy world of low-purse fighters, cops, con artists, and bar girls.

    Carter’s life story also inspired Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane” as well as the 1999 film The Hurricane, in which Denzel Washington portrayed Carter.

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  • Happy Birthday, Nelson Algren

    March 28, 2013

    AlgrenNelson_smallerOur longtime readers will remember that Seven Stories Press derived its name from the seven authors whose works were the foundation of our catalog from the outset. We love each and every one of our authors, but we hold a special place in our heart for the late Nelson Algren, the brilliant author of The Man With the Golden Arm, The Devil’s Stocking, and much more, whose death in 1981 left a hollow place in American literature. He was born on March 28th, 1909, and today would have been his 104th birthday.

    Born Nelson Algren Abraham in Detroit, Algren wrote his first story, “So Help Me,” in 1933, and won his first award–an O. Henry prize for his short story “The Brother’s House”–two years later, in 1935. The same year, he also published his first book, Somebody in Boots, which he later disowned, saying that it was politically naive. Algren is certainly best known for The Man With the Golden Arm, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1950 and was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1955 (which Algren abhorred).

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