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Iconic Shay photo

Shay shoots Algren on a cold Division Street on their way to find a corned beef on rye and hot tea.

Movie showcard

The 1955 film, The Man with the Golden Arm, is based on the novel of the same name by Nelson Algren.

Beach Cottage

Algren lived in this cottage on the Miller lagoon throughout the 1950's. © 1949 Art Shay

Simone de Beauvoir

Algren told Art Shay that Simone never closed the door to the bathroom. Shay set up his camera in the hallway and waited for this one.

Nelson Algren

Algren on North Ave. in Wicker Park. Photographer unknown. From www.davehoekstra.com.

Art Shay photo

Shay caught Algren in the basement of Lottie's with a Frankie Machine-esque dealer across the table.

Nelson and Simone

Art Shay caught Algren and de Beauvoir around the corner from their Wabansia apartment on the way to dinner.

Simone de Beauvoir

Nelson Algren

Shay says this bar was in Miller.

Algren mugshot

Algren's 1967 mug shot when arrested for possession of marijuana.

Algren National Book Award

Receiving first National Book Award from Eleanor Roosevelt in 1950 for "The Man With the Golden Arm."

Algren in front of beach cottage

Algren in front of Miller cabin with "Press" pin -- making fun of his credentials.

N. Algren

Algren dressed to kill in 1956 photo. Photographer unknown.

Copyright 2020. Nelson Algren Museum

Iconic Shay photo

Shay shoots Algren on a cold Division Street on their way to find a corned beef on rye and hot tea.