Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

A Walk On The Wild Side
Nelson Algren


Dove Findhorn is a naive country boy who busts out of Hicksville, Texas in pursuit of a better life in New Orleans. Amongst the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers and hustlers of the old French Quarter, Dove finds only hopelessness, crime and despair. His quest uncovers a harrowing grotesque of the American Dream. A Walk in the Wild Side is an angry, lonely, large-hearted and often funny masterpiece that has captured the imaginations of every generation since its first publication in 1956, and that rendered a world later immortalised in Lou Reed’s classic song.

With an introduction by Richard Flanagan.

Paperback, 368pp
Canongate Boks, 2006 (1956)
ISBN 9781841956800