By Joe Woodward
From his identify to his collage transcript to his literary variety, Nathanael West was once self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the writer of the classics leave out Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was once an uncompromising artist keen about writing the right novel. He pursued his ardour from long island to California, flirting dangerously with the awful, faux-glamour of Hollywood because the state suffered during the grim realities of the good melancholy. on the heart of a circle of energetic younger literary writers that incorporated Malcolm Cowley, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, S. J. Perelman, and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to develop into some of the most unique literary abilities of the 20th century—an entire but unfortunately underappreciated grasp of the quick lyric novel.
West used to be eventually beginning 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 velocity into one other motor vehicle. He was once useless on the age of 37.
For this ebook, the 1st biography on West on my own in over forty years, Joe Woodward combed the data on the Huntington Library and the loo Hay Library at Brown collage. At either he had entry to non-public letters, images, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.
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