Re: RARA-AVIS: HB nonfiction
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 08:37:56 -0400 <<While we're thinking nonfiction, we might consider what older nonfiction
writers--journalists especially--helped create the "style" of HB. For
instance, go back and read H.L. Mencken who so impressed young Richard
Wright with the way words could be used as weapons.>>

Another writer that comes to mind -- not as old as Mencken -- is Nelson
Algren. I've read very little of his work, but I think I recall reading
that he wrote nonfiction pieces as well as novels and stories. Algren wrote
in a hard-boiled style ala Hemingway about the darker sides of the tracks
in his stories. Anybody know anything about his nonfiction? Any
recommendations? -- Duane

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