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By Joe Woodward

From his identify to his university transcript to his literary variety, Nathanael West used to be self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the writer of the classics omit Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) used to be an uncompromising artist passionate about writing the best novel. He pursued his ardour from manhattan to California, flirting dangerously with the grim, faux-glamour of Hollywood because the state suffered in the course of the grim realities of the good melancholy. on the heart of a circle of energetic younger literary writers that integrated Malcolm Cowley, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, S. J. Perelman, and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to develop into some of the most unique literary skills of the 20 th century—an entire but unfortunately underappreciated grasp of the fast lyric novel.

West used to be ultimately commencing to take pleasure in monetary balance as a Hollywood screenwriter while he died within the California wilderness. A notoriously undesirable motive force, he was once racing again from a holiday in Mexico along with his younger bride of 8 months whilst he crashed at complete pace into one other motor vehicle. He used to be lifeless on the age of 37.

For this ebook, the 1st biography on West on my own in over forty years, Joe Woodward combed the files on the Huntington Library and the toilet Hay Library at Brown collage. At either he had entry to private letters, photos, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.

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Ultimately, on a such a lot own be aware, i would like to thank my family and friends for his or her never-ending encouragement. I thank my spouse Michelle for her many considerate readings, and my sons Noah and Sam for his or her endurance with my distraction and lack whereas engaged on this publication. picture credit Nathan Weinstein, 1913; Nathan Weinstein at Brown collage, Nathanael West with buddies on looking journey; Nathanael West in hat, candid; Eileen McKenney West via station wagon with canine; S. J. Perelman at typewriter; S. J. Perelman with Laura and Danny (dog); Laura West Perelman floating in pool, Beverly Hills; Laura West Perelman on porch of dollars County farm; dollars County Farm; 4 images of Julie (dog): John Hay Library, Brown college Library, utilized by permission of Harold Ober affiliates. Nathanael West in Catskills, 1931; Nathanael West at Viele Pond, 1931; Nathanael West in Mexico, 1936; Anna Weinstein and Hinda on swing, with nanny; Nathanael West on grass by way of rocker; The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, utilized by permission of Harold Ober affiliates. Nathanael West residence on Caheunga Terrace; Nathanael West condo on Magnolia; Nathanael West apartment on Ivar road; Wayford residence, Frenchtown; Intersection of street eighty and 111 in El Centro, California: Jay Martin, held on the Huntington Library, San Marino, California and utilized by permission of photographer. Kenmore corridor resort, ny, big apple; resort De Anza, Calexico, California; inn Liberia Placard, Paris, France; Birthplace of Nathanael West, manhattan, long island: Author’s archive. PERMISSIONS Permission to cite and reproduce goods from the manuscripts, correspondence and images held on the Huntington Library and the loo Hay Library, Brown college Library and different goods now not held below copyright with a writer are reproduced the following by means of permission of Harold Ober affiliates. Manuscripts, correspondence and pictures from the Jay Martin assortment on the Huntington Library, famous via their acceptable name quantity, are reproduced by means of permission of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. a funky Million and The Dream lifetime of Balso Snell. Reprinted via permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC: Excerpts from a funky Million via Nathanael West. Copyright 1934 through Nathanael West. Copyright renewed � 1961 via Laura Perelman. Excerpts from and The Dream lifetime of Balso Snell by way of Nathanael West. Copyright � 1931 through Nathanael West. pass over Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust: reproduced the following through permission of Pollinger restricted and New instructions. Copyright 1933 via Nathanael West. Copyright 1939 via The property of Nathanael West. Copyright 1962 by way of New instructions Publishing company. unique writer of pass over Lonelyhearts (1933) through Nathanael West: Liveright Inc. , manhattan. unique writer of The Day of the Locust (1939) via Nathanael West: Random condominium, ny.

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