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1975. Houseboat Days. 1977. Plays The Heroes (produced 1952). In Three Plays, 1978. The Compromise (produced 1956). In Three Plays, 1978. Three Plays (includes The Heroes, The Compromise, The Philosopher). Fiction A Nest of Ninnies, with James Schuyler. 1969. Other Editor, with others, American Literary Anthology I. Editor, Penguin Modern Poets 24. 1973. 1968. 1978. ASHBERY Editor, Muck Arbour, by Bruce Marcus. 43 1974. Translator. Me/l>ille, by Jean-Jacques Mayoux. 1960. Translator. Alberto Giacometti, by Jacques Dupin.
Recipient: Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship, I 96 I ; Guggenheim Fellowship, I 966; American Academy of Arts and Letters Travelling Fellowship, 1967; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1969; National Book Award, 197 3; Bollingen Prize, 197 5; National Institute of Arts and Letters award, 1977. : Wake Forest University, 1972; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1973. Lives in Ithaca, New York. PUBLICATIONS Verse Ommateum, with Doxology. 1955. Expressions of Sea Level. 1964. Corsons Inlet.
His last novel, A Walk on the Wild Side, the result of an attempt to rework Somebody in Boots, is Algren 's favorite work as well as that of most of his later critics. Though Algren once maintained that no one has understood A Walk on the Wild Side- a book, he says, of a kind never before written, "an American fantasy - a poem written to an American beat as truly as Huckleberry Finn"- the novel is now acclaimed for its prophetic qualities and for its influence on later novels and films, particularly the novel and film Midnight Cowboy and the film Easy Rider.