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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Overview
Works: 403 works in 1,398 publications in 24 languages and 40,382 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Periodicals  Experimental fiction  Vocal scores  Operas 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Scenarist, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Nathanael West
The day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )

214 editions published between 1939 and 2018 in 20 languages and held by 2,302 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 )

60 editions published between 1933 and 2009 in English and held by 2,083 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
Complete works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West( Book )

64 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 1,874 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.'"
Novels and other writings by Nathanael West( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of six works by Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts, a novel by Nathanael West( Book )

179 editions published between 1933 and 2018 in 22 languages and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scornful feature editor of a newspaper picks an ambitious young reporter to conduct the advice of the lovelorn column. Ambitious, opportunistic, 'Miss Lonelyhearts, ' as the conductor of the column is inevitably dubbed, begins with contempt of the correspondents and confidence in his own cleverness. As time goes on, the genuineness of the agony in the letters that come in gets under the skin of the columnist. He is distressed to find himself presiding over a monstrous swindle. For he is an idealist in collision with humanity, as his diabolical managing editor expresses it
Complete work by Nathanael West( Book )

38 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 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 John Schlesinger( Visual )

11 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and German and held by 423 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 alcholic father, a former vaudevillian entertainer
The day of the locust ; and, the dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

27 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and held by 186 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 )

8 editions published between 1962 and 1998 in English and held by 174 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
Two novels by Nathanael West( Book )

12 editions published between 1934 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1934 and 1988 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1931 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 134 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( Recording )

16 editions published between 1933 and 2016 in English and held by 128 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
Contact( )

in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scenario and Entered as second-class matter, two stories by S.J. Perelman, are not included in this reprint edition...."
Eine glatte Million oder die Demontage des Lemuel Pitkin : Roman by Nathanael West( Book )

31 editions published between 1934 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City on October 17th, 1903. Nathanael didn't really appreciate the qualities of an academic education. He forged his high school transcript to gain admission to Tufts and to get into Brown University appropriated the transcript of a fellow Tufts student who, conveniently, was also named Nathan Weinstein. However he did read extensively; French surrealists and British and Irish poets of the 1890s with a focus on unusual literary styles and content. Since Jewish students were not allowed to join most fraternities, his main friend was his future brother-in-law S. J. Perelman, a soon to be comic genius. West, in spite of his lack of effort, dig graduate from Brown with a degree. Moving to Paris for three months he changed his name to Nathanael West. With his family hit by financial problems in the late 1920s he returned home to a on off career in construction before becoming night manager of the Hotel Kenmore Hall in Manhattan. In 1931, Nathanael published The Dream Life of Balso Snell, a novel conceived in college. He was by now friendly with such writers as William Carlos Williams and Dashiell Hammett. Although West had been writing since college, it was only at this job that he found enough time to write. By 1933 he published Miss Lonelyhearts. In 1933, he was summoned to Hollywood as a contract scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures. With the advent of 1934 he published a third novel, A Cool Million. None of his works sold well and his finances were always under strain. He continued to work in Hollywood mainly on B Movies. Although the films were poor he was able to use the experiences to great effect for his classic tale The Day of the Locust. In November 1939 he switched studios to work for RKO Radio Pictures and worked on a screenplay that was eventually assigned to Alfred Hitchcock and became Suspicion. But Hitchcock already had his own adaptation and the screenplay lapsed into obscurity. On December 22, 1940, West and his wife Eileen McKenney were returning to Los Angeles from a hunting trip in Mexico. West ran a stop sign in El Centro, California, resulting in a collision in which he and Eileen were both killed
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

A cool million ; The dream life of Balso Snell : two novels by Nathanael West( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 125 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
The dream life of Balso Snell; A cool million by Nathanael West( Book )

21 editions published between 1931 and 1999 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two tales of fiction
A cool million : [and] The dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

12 editions published between 1961 and 2006 in English and held by 108 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 : an opera in two acts by Lowell Liebermann( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Novels and other writings
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Alternative Names
Nathanael West Amerikaans schrijver

Nathanael West amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Nathanael West amerikansk författare

Nathanael West amerikansk skribent

Nathanael West écrivain américain

Nathanael West escritor estadounidense

Nathanael West scrittore statunitense

Nathanael West usona verkisto

Nathanael West yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

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)

Вайнстайн, Натан

Уэст, Натанаэл

וסט, נתנאל 1903־1940

וסט, נתניאל

נתנאל וסט

נתנאל וסט סופר אמריקאי

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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