Author who wrote The Man with the Golden Arm, for which he won the National Book Award. His other successful works include Chicago, City on the Make (1951) and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956).
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism and subsequently worked for a local paper. He published his debut novel, Somebody in Boots, in 1935.
He wed his second wife, Betty Ann Jones, in 1965. Previously, he had been married to Amanda Kontowicz. He also had an affair with existentialist author Simone de Beauvoir.
He, like Anne Lindbergh , was a National Book Award winner.