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By Joe Woodward

From his identify to his collage transcript to his literary variety, Nathanael West used to be self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the writer of the classics omit Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was once an uncompromising artist enthusiastic about writing definitely the right novel. He pursued his ardour from long island to California, flirting dangerously with the grim, faux-glamour of Hollywood because the nation suffered throughout the grim realities of the good melancholy. on the heart of a circle of full of life younger literary writers that integrated Malcolm Cowley, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, S. J. Perelman, and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to turn into some of the most unique literary skills of the 20th century—an finished but unfortunately underappreciated grasp of the fast lyric novel.

West was once eventually commencing to take pleasure in monetary balance as a Hollywood screenwriter whilst he died within the California desolate tract. A notoriously undesirable motive force, he used to be racing again from a holiday in Mexico together with his younger bride of 8 months whilst he crashed at complete pace into one other automobile. He was once lifeless on the age of 37.

For this booklet, the 1st biography on West on my own in over forty years, Joe Woodward combed the records on the Huntington Library and the toilet Hay Library at Brown college. At either he had entry to non-public letters, images, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.

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