Studs Terkel and Other Greats Reading Nelson Algren

A find from the Terkel archives: the radio legend reading “How the Devil Came Down Division Street” and “Chicago: City on the Make” from a tribute to his friend.

Dmitry Samarov came into a find recently: Studs Terkel reading Nelson Algren, probably from his WFMT radio show. The two recordings, about an hour and a half in total, seem to be drawn from a lengthy tribute from Terkel to Algren, covering “How the Devil Came Down Division Street” and “Chicago: City on the Make,” along with commentary by Terkel. Terkel, as you can imagine, is a great choice to read Algren—a gripping voice for Algren’s rippling prose.

It’s hard to choose between him and Willem Dafoe:

Then there’s Barry Gifford reading “Margo":

Then again, there’s always Frank Sinatra and Janet Novak:

And here’s Studs and Algren together:



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