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A Week in Literary History

October 17th, 2002

In 1903, American novelist Nathanael West (Miss Lonelyhearts, 1933) is born in New York City.

westnathanael.jpgNathanael West, b. October 17, 1903, d. 1940

Nathanael West’s premature death in an automobile accident cut short a career that might have given us more novels as strong as The Day of the Locust, his last one, and might not. West’s vision was a dark one, and it had undoubtedly been darkened further by his work in Hollywood, grinding out scripts for B-movies. His two good books — and Miss Lonelyhearts and Day are extremely good — end in apocalypse; it’s difficult to imagine how he would have gone on or what more he had to say. But we’ll never know.

Suggested Reading Novels The Dream Life of Balso Snell, 1931. Miss Lonelyhearts, 1933. A Cool Million, 1934. The Day of the Locust. 1939.

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