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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Overview
Works: 396 works in 1,108 publications in 16 languages and 40,041 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Periodicals  Vocal scores  Operas  Experimental fiction  Satire 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Actor, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Nathanael West
Complete works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West( Book )

43 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 2,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'The Dream Life of Balso Snell' (1931), originally published in Paris, is in words of Robert Coates 'a fantasy, about some rather scatological adventures of the hero in the innards of the Trojan Horse.' 'Miss Lonelyhearts' (1933) is considered his [the author's] masterpiece. 'It is one of the books, ' writes Malcolm Cowley, 'that had very few readers for the first edition, but simply refuse to be forgotten.' 'A Cool Million' (1936), with the subtitle, 'The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin, ' is a satiric success story in the midst of the depression, written in mock Horatio Alger Style. 'The Day of the Locust' (1939), which is considered the best novel ever written about Hollywood, is a savage indictment.'"
The day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )

165 editions published between 1938 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 2,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West fictionalizes the working class of Tinseltown, in this novel that studies several men working at the peripheral edge of the movie industry and their mutual obsession with a daydreaming girl
Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, the day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )

52 editions published between 1933 and 2014 in English and held by 2,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first story, Miss Lonelyhearts is a newspaper reporter assigned to write the advice column, and becomes caught up in the suffering. In the second story, Ted Hackett goes to Hollywood in search of a career, but finds the way hard
Novels and other writings by Nathanael West( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of six works by Nathanael West
Two novels: The dream life of Balso Snell [and] A cool million by Nathanael West( Book )

40 editions published between 1931 and 2006 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. A Cool Million, written in 1934, is a satiric Horatio Alger story set in the midst of the Depression. The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931) was described by one critic as "a fantasy about some rather scatological adventures of the hero in the innards of the Trojan horse."--Publisher's website
Miss Lonelyhearts, a novel by Nathanael West( Book )

32 editions published between 1933 and 2013 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day of the locust by John Schlesinger( Visual )

5 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and German and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naive young set designer seeks work in Tinseltown and falls in love with a wannabe actress who lives with her alcoholic father, a former vaudevillian entertainer
The day of the locust ; and, the dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

19 editions published between 1963 and 2000 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Day of the Locust" is an exposure of the sordid reality beneath the surface of Hollywood, where West worked and "The Dream Life of Balso Snell" is a surrealist fantasy
Miss Lonelyhearts ; & the day of the locust : two novels by Nathanael West( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
A cool million : the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin by Nathanael West( Book )

5 editions published between 1934 and 1991 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contact( )

in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West( Recording )

11 editions published between 1933 and 2010 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in New York during the Great Depression, Miss Lonelyhearts concerns a nameless man assigned to produce a newspaper advice column, but as time passes he begins to break under the endless misery of those who write in, begging him for advice. Unable to find answers, and with his shaky Christianity ridiculed to razor-edged shards by his poisonous editor, he tumbles into alcoholism and a madness fueled by his own spiritual emptiness
A cool million : [and] The dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

9 editions published between 1961 and 1973 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Lonelyhearts : and A Cool Million by Nathanael West( Book )

35 editions published between 1933 and 2000 in English and German and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

13 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West's first novel, it presents a young man's immature and cynical search for meaning in a series of dreamlike encounters inside the entrails of the Trojan Horse
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West( Book )

9 editions published between 1933 and 1967 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Lonelyhearts : an opera in two acts by Lowell Liebermann( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lonelyhearts by Vincent J Donehue( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young journalist (Montgomery Clift) finds himself engrossed, appalled, and sickened by his work on the agony column. His relationship to Justy Sargeant (Dolores Hart) is soon threatened by his involvement and sympathy for the poor souls who bare all to Miss Lonelyhearts
The collected works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION. In the story, Miss Lonelyhearts is an unnamed male newspaper columnist writing an advice column which is seen by the newspaper staff as a joke. As Miss Lonelyhearts reads letters from desperate New Yorkers, he feels terribly burdened and falls into a cycle of deep depression, accompanied by heavy drinking and occasional bar fights. He is also the victim of the pranks and cynical advice of his feature editor at the newspaper, "Shrike". Miss Lonelyhearts tries several approaches to escape the terribly painful letters he has to read through religion, trips to the countryside with his fiancee Betty, and sex with Shrike's wife and Mrs. Doyle, a reader of his column. However, Miss Lonelyhearts' efforts do not seem to ameliorate his situation. After his sexual encounter with Mrs. Doyle, he meets her husband, a poor crippled man
 
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Novels and other writings
Alternative Names
Nathanael West Amerikaans schrijver

Nathanael West amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Nathanael West amerikansk författare

Nathanael West amerikansk skribent

Nathanael West écrivain américain

Nathanael West scrittore statunitense

Uést, Natanaél 1903-1940

Wallenstein Weinstein, Nathan

Wallenstein Weinstein, Nathan 1903-1940

Wallenstein Weinstein, Nathan 1904-1940

Weinstein, Nathan.

Weinstein, Nathan 1903-1940

Weinstein, Nathan Wallenstein

Weinstein Nathan Wallenstein 1903-1940

Weinstein, Nathan Wallenstein 1904-1940

West, Nathanael

West, Nathanael 1903-1940

West, Nathanael (Pseud. de Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein)

Уэст, Натанаэл

וסט, נתנאל 1903־1940

וסט, נתניאל

נתנאל וסט

ناتانیل وست نویسنده آمریکایی

웨스트, 너새네이얼 1903-1940

웨스트, 너새니얼 1903-1940

ウェスト, ナサニエル

ウェスト, ナセニェル

ナサニエル・ウェスト

纳撒尼尔·韦斯特

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Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, the day of the locustNovels and other writingsTwo novels: The dream life of Balso Snell [and] A cool millionThe day of the locustThe day of the locust ; and, the dream life of Balso SnellMiss Lonelyhearts ; & the day of the locust : two novelsMiss LonelyheartsMiss Lonelyhearts : and A Cool Million