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West, Nathanael 1903-1940

Works: 338 works in 1,040 publications in 19 languages and 39,795 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Detective and mystery films  Film adaptations  Periodicals  Romantic comedy films  Comedy films  Vocal scores 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Scenarist, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3545.E8334, 813.52
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Publications about Nathanael West
Publications by Nathanael West
Publications by Nathanael West, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Nathanael West
Miss Lonelyhearts ; &, the day of the locust by Nathanael West( Book )
185 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 17 languages and held by 3,060 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 )
48 editions published between 1957 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 2,300 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 )
163 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in 16 languages and held by 2,165 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
Novels and other writings by Nathanael West( Book )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,953 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 )
83 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 990 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( visu )
5 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and German and held by 396 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
A cool million : the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin by Nathanael West( Book )
22 editions published between 1934 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 194 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 176 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( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 1933 and 2010 in English and held by 129 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 ( serial )
in English and held by 125 libraries worldwide
Lonely hearts by Vincent J Donehue( visu )
4 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 85 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
Miss Lonelyhearts : an opera in two acts by Lowell Liebermann( score )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 83 libraries worldwide
The collected works of Nathanael West by Nathanael West( Book )
9 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
The day of the locust by Nathanael West( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 libraries worldwide
The Hollywood that Tod Hackett discovered when he moved there to learn set and costume designing was monstrous. And the people too were bizarre, desperate souls searching through the Hollywood dream factory for excitement as an answer to their dreary lives. Whether would-be actresses or retired plumbers from the midwest, all came to the California sunshine with expectations of health and good fortune
Five came back ( visu )
4 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Nine passengers from all walks of life and a crew of three take off from Los Angeles, bound for Panama City, but a sudden storm blows them off course and causes the plane to crash in the Amazon jungle
Miss Lonelyhearts ; A Cool million : or, the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin by Nathanael West( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Nathanael West by Kingsley Widmer( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in Undetermined and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Provides in-depth analysis of the life, works, career, and critical importance of Nathanael West
Nathanael West: the cheaters and the cheated; a collection of critical essays by Nathanael West( Book )
1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Nathanael West, the ironic prophet by Victor Comerchero( Book )
1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Two novels by Nathanael West( Book )
2 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in Undetermined and English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
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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 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 1903-1940
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
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Italian (20)
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Romanian (2)
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