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Miss Lonelyhearts
     

Miss Lonelyhearts

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by Nathanael West
 

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A writer’s nightmare: his degrading day job as a lonely hearts advice columnist is only the beginning
Praised by great writers from Flannery O’Conner to Jonathan Lethem, Miss Lonelyhearts is an American classic. A newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column in the depths of the Great Depression seeks respite from the poor souls who send

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A writer’s nightmare: his degrading day job as a lonely hearts advice columnist is only the beginning
Praised by great writers from Flannery O’Conner to Jonathan Lethem, Miss Lonelyhearts is an American classic. A newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column in the depths of the Great Depression seeks respite from the poor souls who send in their sad letters, only to be further tormented by his viciously cynical editor, Shrike. This single volume of Miss Lonelyhearts features its original Alvin Lustig jacket design, as well as a new introduction by Harold Bloom, who calls it “my favorite work of modern American fiction.”

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New York Times Book Review
The novel is ostensibly a piece of humorous fiction. . . It is ostensibly satiric. But its irony has its roots in it. The wit is hard, brilliant and very funny. . . Miss Lonelyhearts stands to be one of the hits of the year, to win both popular and critical approval. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, April 1933
Nathaniel Rich - The Daily Beast
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409206576
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
05/09/2009
Pages:
88

Meet the Author

In 1940, when an automobile accident prematurely claimed Nathanael West's life, he was a relatively obscure writer, the author of only four short novels. West's reputation has grown considerably since then and he is now considered one of the 20th century's major authors. Born in New
York, West worked as the night manager of the Kenmore Hotel on East 23rd
Street in Manhattan, as a contract scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and as a screenwriter for RKO Radio Picture.

Harold Bloomis Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. His many distinguished books includeThe Anxiety of Influence(1973, 1997),The Western Canon(1994),Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human(1998), andHow to Read and Why(2000).

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Miss Lonelyhearts 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read the text due to spacing and typing errors. The story itself is bleak, blunt and provocative all at once. A case study in male psychology, though the cover suggests otherwise.