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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Overview
Works: 412 works in 1,085 publications in 5 languages and 39,395 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Experimental fiction  Satire  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Author of screenplay, Scenarist
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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Publications about  Nathanael West Publications about Nathanael West
Publications by  Nathanael West Publications by Nathanael West
posthumous Publications by Nathanael West, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Nathanael West
Complete works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West ( Book )
57 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,360 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 )
140 editions published between 1931 and 2012 in English and held by 2,317 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 )
62 editions published between 1933 and 2009 in English and held by 2,172 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 : the dream life of Balso Snell ; Miss Lonelyhearts ; A cool million ; The day of the locust ; Other writings ; Unpublished writings and fragments ; Letters by Nathanael West ( Book )
16 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of six works by Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts, a novel by Nathanael West ( Book )
54 editions published between 1933 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wildly funny, desperately sad, brutal and kind, furious and patient, there was no other like Nathanael West.' - Dorothy Parker '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' - The Daily Beast 'A masterpiece...' - Jonathan Lethem Day after day, 'Miss Lonelyhearts' sits in his office responding to letters from 'Broken-hearted, Sick-of-it-all, and Desperate', dispensing words of hope, inspiration, and other platitudes to get his readers through their tormented days. But it's all getti
The day of the locust by John Schlesinger ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and French and held by 374 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
Two novels: The dream life of Balso Snell [and] A cool million by Nathanael West ( Book )
24 editions published between 1934 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miss Lonelyhearts ; & The day of the locust : two novels by Nathanael West ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 183 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 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 112 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 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
Lonelyhearts ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 103 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
Two novels by Nathanael West: The dream life of Balso Snell [and] A cool million by Nathanael West ( Book )
4 editions published between 1973 and 1977 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West ( Recording )
4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"West writes of the violent despair of the thirties as seen through the eyes of a young man who comes of age writing a newspaper advice column. The column begins as a circulation stunt and the whole staff considers it a joke--but the young reporter begins to see that he is the victim of the joke, not its perpetrator"--Container
Miss Lonelyhearts ; A Cool million : or, the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin by Nathanael West ( Book )
18 editions published between 1961 and 2000 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collected works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West ( Book )
11 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The day of the locust and his other novels by Nathanael West ( Book )
3 editions published between 1957 and 1983 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The day of the locust by Nathanael West ( Recording )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in Hollywood during the Great Depression, The Day of the Locust depicts the estrangement and fears of a varied group who exist at the margins of the movie business, tensions exploding at the end with a riot during a film premiere
Miss Lonelyhearts : and A Cool Million by Nathanael West ( Book )
12 editions published between 1957 and 2000 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tag der Heuschrecke Roman by Nathanael West ( Book )
16 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
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 1903-1940 Wirklicher Name
Weinstein, Nathan Wallenstein, 1904-1940
West, Nathanael, 1903-1940
וסט, נתנאל, 1903־1940
וסט, נתניאל
ウェスト, ナサニエル
ウェスト, ナセニェル
Languages
English (503)
German (15)
Spanish (5)
French (2)
Portuguese (2)
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