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“In dark times, Miss Lonelyhearts shines the brightest light in the blackest places. For this reason West’s novel has never felt more alive than today.” (Nathaniel Rich - The Daily Beast)
"Somehow or other I seem to have slipped in between all the 'schools,' " observed Nathanael West the year before his untimely death in 1940. "My books meet no needs except my own, their circulation is practically private and I'm lucky to be published." Yet today, West is widely recognized as a prophetic writer whose dark and comic vision of
a society obsessed with mass-
produced fantasies foretold much
of what was to come in American life.
Miss Lonelyhearts (1933), which West envisioned as "a novel in the form of a comic strip," tells of an advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist who becomes tragically embroiled in the desperate lives of his readers. The Day of the Locust (1939) is West's great dystopian Hollywood novel based on his experiences at the seedy fringes of the movie industry.
"The work of Nathanael West, savagely, comically, tragically original, has come into its own," said novelist and screenwriter Budd Schulberg. "A new public [has] discovered in the writings of West a brilliant reflection of its own sense of chaos and helplessness in a world running more to madness than to reason." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The two best-known works by one of American fiction's least-known masters, "Miss Lonelyhearts" & "The Day Of The Locust" present a double-barreled portrait of life... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Slocum
While I enjoyed the stories themselves, I found the writing a bit hard to get into a rhythm with.Published 4 months ago by Heather
Ageless excellence. Two remarkable tales from Nathanael West that capture early LA along with insightful psychological portraits. Unforgettable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MARILYN G. DERIGHT
Terrific, complex stories and a good look at life in NY and Hollywood in the '30s.Published 10 months ago by HY
When I was in high school, several of my arty friends read this book, loved it, and wouldn't shut up about it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric Lee Smith