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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Overview
Works: 340 works in 1,165 publications in 22 languages and 39,925 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Periodicals  Experimental fiction  Satire  Records and correspondence  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Actor, Scenarist
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Nathanael West
 
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Most widely held works by Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, the day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )

224 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 18 languages and held by 3,133 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
The day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )

201 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 2,366 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
Complete works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West( Book )

78 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,343 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 )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,971 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 )

64 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 733 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 day of the locust by John Schlesinger( Visual )

7 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in English and held by 388 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
A cool million : [and] The dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West( Book )

33 editions published between 1934 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 210 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
Miss Lonelyhearts ; & the day of the locust : two novels by Nathanael West( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 180 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
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West( Recording )

11 editions published between 1933 and 2010 in English and held by 129 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 : An American Quarterly Review( )

in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1934 and 1991 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lonelyhearts by Vincent J Donehue( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 94 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 )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day of the locust by Nathanael West( Recording )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 68 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
The day of the locust and his other novels by Nathanael West( Book )

4 editions published between 1957 and 1983 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day of the locust ; and, Miss lonelyhearts by Nathanael West( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman over de glitterwereld van Hollywood en een novelle over de mannelijke columnist van een Lieve Lita-rubriek die door zijn werd depressief is
Huang chong zhi ri by Nathanael West( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Videnii︠a︡ Balʹso Snella : Podruga skorbi︠a︡shchikh ; T︠S︡elyĭ million, ili, Raschislenenie Lemi︠u︡ėla Pitkina ; Denʹ saranchi by Nathanael West( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in Russian and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short story criticism : excerpts from criticism of the works of short fiction writers( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nathanael West by Stanley Edgar Hyman( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Novels and other writings
Alternative Names
Nathanael West Amerikaans schrijver

Nathanael West amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Nathanael West amerikansk frfattare

Nathanael West amerikansk skribent

Nathanael West crivain amricain

Nathanael West scrittore statunitense

Ust, Natanal 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 1903-1940

Уэст, Натанаэл

וסט, נתנאל 1903־1940

וסט, נתניאל

נתנאל וסט

ناتانیل وست نویسنده آمریکایی

ウェスト, ナサニエル

ウェスト, ナセニェル

纳撒尼尔韦斯特

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