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Nathanael West (1903–1940)

Autor(a) de Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

19+ Works 6,354 Membros 149 Críticas 28 Favorited

About the Author

American novelist Nathanael West was born in New York City, the son of a prosperous building contractor. He began his college education at Tufts University but transferred to Brown University, from which he graduated in 1924. After graduation, West went to Europe and lived in Paris for a few years, mostrar mais where he wrote the short novel The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931), an avant--garde work that reflected his concern with the emptiness of contemporary life. West's modest legacy of completed works reached its peak of recognition during the period when later Jewish American writers were discovering black humor. Among novels that chronicle the wasteland despair and grotesque comedy of the time between the wars, West's Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) stand out as remarkable examples. The first is about a young man conducting a column of advice to the lovelorn who finds it increasingly impossible not to share the problems of his readers. The Day of the Locust story about a riot that ends with the burning of Los Angeles. If Franz Kafka (see Vol. 2) had lived to come to the United States and become a screenwriter, he might have written a book like The Day of the Locust, which Malcolm Cowley called the best novel ever written about Hollywood. West's other short novel, A Cool Million (1934), is, like The Dream Life of Balso Snell, an experimental work that offers variations on the theme of reality and illusion; both works look toward a literature of the absurd and deserve their place in literary history as influences on a school of American writers that came into prominence during the 1960s. West's own life had aspects of tragic absurdity. He was married to Eileen McKenney, the original of the central figure in My Sister Eileen, while his own sister became the wife of humorist S. J. Perelman. After writing Miss Lonelyhearts, West and his wife went to Hollywood and remained there until they were both killed in a car accident in 1940. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (1933) 2,234 exemplares, 38 críticas
The Day of the Locust (1939) 1,881 exemplares, 49 críticas
Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) — Autor — 783 exemplares, 33 críticas
Collected Works (1957) 352 exemplares, 6 críticas
West : novels and other writings (1997) 338 exemplares, 5 críticas
A Cool Million (1934) 134 exemplares, 6 críticas
The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931) 67 exemplares, 4 críticas
Miss Lonelyhearts and A Cool Million (1961) 56 exemplares, 2 críticas
Un milione tondo tondo (1997) 2 exemplares
Lonelyhearts [1958 film] (1958) — Writer — 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Years of Protest: A Collection of American Writings of the 1930's (1967) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Day of the Locust [1975 film] (2004) — Original book — 23 exemplares
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
West, Nathanael
Nome legal
Weinstein, Nathan
Outros nomes
von Wallenstein Weinstein, Nathan
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens County, New York, USA
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
El Centro, California, USA
Causa da morte
car accident
Locais de residência
North Hollywood, California, USA
Tufts University
Brown University (PhB ∙ 1924)
short-story writer
essayist (mostrar todos 7)
hotel manager
Perelman, S. J. (brother-in-law)
Perelman, Laura (sister)
McKenney, Eileen (wife)
McKenney, Ruth (sister-in-law)
League of American Writers
Screen Writers Guild
Motion Picture Guild
Motion Picture Artists Committee
Motion Picture Democratic Committee
Hollywood Anti-Nazi League (mostrar todos 10)
Columbia Pictures
RKO Radio Pictures
Republic Pictures
Universal Studios

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Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein was the child of German-speaking Russian-Jewish parents living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He dropped out of high school and gained admission to college by falsifying his high school transcript. In 1931, West published his first work, The Dream Life of Balso Snell. In 1933, he got contract as a scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures and moved to Hollywood. He and his wife were both killed in a car accident in 1940.



Sad to say, LOA's attempts to shore up some literature which probably needs to be buried. Nothing in West's work is worth mentioning & the characters he wrote about are totally unrelatable. Is it worth the readers time to read barely developed stories? In this case, no.
walterhistory | 4 outras críticas | Jun 6, 2024 |
um well. so the first novella here is the one i read before and i remember not liking it all that well but having a book group discussion about it that gave me a better appreciation. now it's maybe 16 years later and i'm trying again and even with some of that old commentary in my head i like this even less than before. it's also a bit colored, i'm sure, by how much i hated the second novella in this book, but still.

so: miss lonelyhearts is a concept that i really do love actually. the idea of an advice column being started as sort of a fun, let's humor the ladies and give them something to read in the paper (this was first published in 1933) and how the man writing the advice starts to see how truly hard the lives of these women are, and how he can't help them even when he tries. it says something really important about society but i didn't care at all for the execution. (still, 1.75 stars)

a cool million: i know that satires aren't generally for me and almost always miss their mark where i'm concerned, and this was no different. i didn't realize going in that it was a satire and so at first i thought it was just a bit farcical (although not my thing) and threw sexual violence around quite casually (racism too!) but it got more and more extreme and more and more racist and i got more and more annoyed and i was so turned off by it that i can't even say for sure what the point was. (but i am pretty sure that i'd agree with it.) (.5 star)
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overlycriticalelisa | 1 outra crítica | Mar 10, 2024 |
Dark, dirty, bitter and funny. A man struggling with morality and losing his mind in the process. Beautiful filth. I need to have a bath now.
Also some of the sentences were so compelling that i had to reread them a bunch of times and savour their delicate composition.

rubyman | 32 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2024 |
This short novel was much better than I expected to be. It deals with the heavy, existential topic - the point(pointlessness) of living - deftly and, as other reviewers have touched on, is timeless in its style and message. It was nice to wallow in the pointlessness, the ridiculousness and the ineptness of both being and human beings. It was nice to watch someone else dealing with it and to entertain the manner in which he did so. It reminded me of one of my favourite books, 'The Blood of the Lamb' by Peter de Vries, but also, 'Catcher in the Rye', 'Nausea', 'Death of a Salesman', 'Post Office' and 'The Sweet Smell of Psychosis' came to mind as I read it. It's worth a read, if you don't mind musings on the meaninglessness of it all!
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Dzaowan | 32 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |



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