By Joe Woodward
From his identify to his university 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 passionate about writing the precise novel. He pursued his ardour from big apple to California, flirting dangerously with the grim, faux-glamour of Hollywood because the kingdom suffered in the course of the grim realities of the good melancholy. on the middle of a circle of full of life younger literary writers that incorporated Malcolm Cowley, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, S. J. Perelman, and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to develop into the most unique literary abilities of the 20 th century—an finished but unfortunately underappreciated grasp of the fast lyric novel.
West used to be eventually commencing to get pleasure from monetary balance as a Hollywood screenwriter while he died within the California wasteland. A notoriously undesirable driving force, he was once 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 lifeless on the age of 37.
For this e-book, the 1st biography on West by myself 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 At either he had entry to non-public letters, photos, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.
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