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Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust (Modern Library Series)

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"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
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Overview

"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.
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Budd Schelbert
We should be grateful for the small but incomparable body of work bequeathed us by the satanic, God-searching genius of Nathanial West....Miss Lonelyhearts is the perfect short novel...a prose poem of human suffering and self-delusion in extremis....The Day of the Locust is a terrifying little masterpiece...a time bomb of a Hollywood novel...
Dashiell Hammett
This is the Hollywood that needs telling about.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679602781
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/24/1998
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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