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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Overview
Works: 348 works in 1,132 publications in 20 languages and 39,921 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Periodicals  Experimental fiction  Satire  Motion picture plays  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Author of screenplay, Scenarist
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
Publication Timeline
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posthumous Publications by Nathanael West, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, the day of the locust by Nathanael West ( Book )
196 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 17 languages and held by 3,117 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 )
179 editions published between 1931 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 2,450 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 )
70 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,354 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 )
15 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,992 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 )
34 editions published between 1931 and 2006 in English and held by 559 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 384 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
Miss Lonelyhearts ; & the day of the locust : two novels by Nathanael West ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 182 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 : [and] The dream life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West ( Book )
23 editions published between 1934 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West ( Recording )
11 editions published between 1933 and 2010 in English and held by 131 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 127 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 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 95 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 79 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 66 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
Der Tag der Heuschrecke : Roman by Nathanael West ( Book )
19 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in German and English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wiederentdeckung eines US-amerikanischen Kultautors Hollywood: nirgends gedeihen Illusionen prächtiger, nirgends werden sie rascher entsorgt. Hauptsache, die Show geht weiter. Dieser Roman ist eine herrlich respektlose Nahaufnahme der Traumfabrik, eine filmreife Parodie auf Starkult und kollektiven Selbstbetrug. Keiner hat das wahre Hollywood mit seinen Widersprüchen, Abgründen und Hell-Dunkel-Kontrasten schärfer erfasst als Nathanael West. In seiner Satire widmet er sich den Schattenseiten einer durch und durch künstlichen Welt, in der die Verlierer in der Überzahl sind: die ewigen Statisten, Sternchen, Schmalspurdiven und Reservehelden. Je zweifelhafter deren Aussicht auf das grosse Los, desto verbissener hängen sie ihren Illusionen nach - und überbieten sich in einer Parade der Peinlichkeiten und Selbstentblössungen. Einmal mehr besticht Nathanael West hier mit der hohen Kunst der Zuspitzung. Schonungslos bis zum Zynismus legt er das Urkomische im Tragischen frei und entlarvt seine Figuren als hoffnungslose Träumer, ohne sie dabei zu diffamieren. Wunsch und Wirklichkeit mögen noch so weit auseinanderklaffen, menschliche Sehnsüchte sind einfach nicht totzukriegen. So ist dieses Buch eine Demaskierung des neuzeitlichen Wahns, um jeden Preis ein Star werden zu müssen, und ein tiefer Seufzer angesichts evidenter Aussichtslosigkeit. Neuübersetzung Nathanael West (1904-1940), Sohn litauischer Juden, wurde als Nathan Weinstein in New York geboren. In den 1930er-Jahren Drehbuchschreiber in Hollywood, war er mit so namhaften Schriftstellerkollegen wie F. Scott Fitzgerald oder Dashiell Hammett befreundet. Sein schmales, aber hochkarätiges Erzählwerk weist ihn als gewitzten Kritiker neuzeitlicher Glücksideologien aus
The day of the locust ; and, Miss lonelyhearts by Nathanael West ( Book )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 43 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
Ji mo fang xin xiao jie = Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West ( Book )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in Chinese and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Five came back (1939) shooting script by Dalton Trumbo ( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il giorno della locusta by Nathanael West ( Book )
11 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 33 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 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
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