Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust
Two novels by Nathanael West.
Jay Martin's biography, Nathanael West: The Art of His Life (1970), unearths the story behind the author's career, while Critical Essays on Nathanael West (1994), edited by Ben Siegel, gathers dozens of varied responses to the published works. In several essays, including Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), Leslie Fiedler also offers exemplary readings of West's work. The grotesque dark comedy West refined became much more prevalent in the decades following his death; Joseph Heller, Thomas Pynchon, and Flannery O'Connor are three major authors who in different ways owe stylistic debts to West.
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