1954-1963. Six letters and a post card to the poet John Ciardi, all typed and hand-signed "Nelson." Ciardi (1916-1986), a long-time friend of Algren's, was director of the Bread Loaf Conference. Includes a two-page letter with Algren's return address as "Daddy-o Patio / Gary, Ind.," dated "Jan. 28" (no year) and with original envelope showing Algren's real return address; a two-page letter and 2 one-page letters dated in 1956 speaking to Algren's opinion of the lopsided relationship between producer and writer and referring to Otto (Otto Preminger, who directed "Man with Golden Arm"), the subverting of the writer, a woman who was suing Otto, and his thoughts on doing "Will Success Spoil Rock Schlopker" (again complaining about producer’s and agents); a 1959 letter sending lyrics from the musical, "The House of the Hundred Grassfires," which was adapted from A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE; a 1-page letter thanking Ciardi for information on Breadloaf (in 1963), saying he'll be there for two weeks in August for a fee of $400 plus $100 for travel to do 3 talks, 2 or 3 workshops and "read half a dozen of mss and talk to them as writ 'em. Okay? Consider me framed." One letter's paper is aged and has a chip, otherwise the correspondence is altogether very good or better. SIX LETTERS & A POSTCARD.