Nathanael West was a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities and absurdities of modern life proved prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, " Miss Lonelyhearts "and the most penetrating novel ever written about Hollywood, "The Day of the Locust." Eileen McKenney, accidental muse and literary heroine, fled Cleveland in search of romance and adventure, inspiring her sister s humorous stories, "My Sister Eileen," which led to stage, film, and television adaptations.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
MARION MEADE is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Madame Blavatsky, and Victoria Woodhull, as well as two novels about medieval France.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book relates the crucial biographical information on Nathanael West (Weinstein) and Eileen McKenney (whose sister immortalized her in "My Sister Eileen"). I perservered in reading this, so it must have been vaguely interesting, but I was glad when it was over. I think it might have benefitted from one more pass through editing. West was a writer and a fairly unscrupulous character who dabbled in fraud - financial and otherwise, prostitution (as a regular customer) and other unsavory activities. When someone dies at 37 basically due to his own arrogance (He was a terrible driver and refused to take steps to improve or even admit his problem which led to his and Eileen's demise), what can be said? He made a good living as a screen writer and wrote some bizarre novels which most people didn't care to read. If you are also bizarre, perhaps you will want to check them out. Both West and McKinney were caught up in the Communist infatuations of the liberal-leaning film and artistic community of the late 30s.