1909 – Nelson Algren was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 28, 1909.
1912 – He moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois to live in a working-class.
1931 – Graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in journalism.
1933 – He wrote his first story entitled "So Help Me".
1935 – He published his first novel entitled Somebody in Boots.
1942 – He published "Never Come Morning" which portrayed the dead-end life of a doomed young criminal.
1949 – He had a torrid affair with Simone de Beauvoir and they travelled to Latin America. He won the first National Book Award with his gritty novel, The Man with the Golden Arm.
1956 – Wrote the novel entitled A Walk on the Wild Side.
1981 – He died in Sag Harbor, New York on May 9, 1981.