1954-1963. Typed correspondence signed simply "Nelson" with the exception of the Christmas card which is signed in full. To poet and long-time friend John Ciardi (1916 - 1986), a poetry editor for the Saturday Review and Breadloaf Writers' Conference director. 1954 postcard from Algren notifies Ciardi he's sending Italian translations of his books "for the simple reason that I get a whole batch of author's copies, can't read any of them, and can't see the use of having books around I can't read." Circa 1956 two-page letter on Montana State University letterhead from the location of "Daddy-o Patio/ Gary, Ind." dated "Jan. 28" and 2 one-page letters (dated "1956" in pencil, presumably by Ciardi) outlining Algren's legal struggles with Otto Preminger -- who he calls "The World's Most Preposterous Man" -- over sharing in the profits from Preminger's film version of MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, as well as undated Christmas card on the same subject ("I feel that Hollywood fandango is now by a bit dated. Having withdrawn the bit of invective, consul itself withdrew. So I figured it was time for everyone to withdraw"). Also includes 1959 letter on lyrics from the musical, "The House of the Hundred Grassfires," adapted from A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (mentions enclosures that are not present); a 1963 1-page letter thanking Ciardi for information on Breadloaf and confirming his participation for two weeks in August where he will "read half a dozen of mss and talk to them as writ 'em. Okay? Consider me framed." Postcard is considerably worn but wholly legible, one of the letters is age darkened with some loss along top edge though not affecting any text; otherwise the correspondence is altogether very good or better. Further details upon request. SIX LETTERS & A POSTCARD.