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Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust
By Nathanael West, Jonathan Lethem (introduced by) and John Sanford ( (other contributor))
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date June 23, 2009
Pages 191
Binding Paperback
Edition Original
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811218221
ISBN-10 0811218228
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
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"A primer for Big Bad City disillusionment, unsparing in its portrayal of New York's debilitating entropy."―The Village Voice. With a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

First published in 1933, Miss Lonelyhearts remains one of the most shocking works of 20th century American literature, as unnerving as a glob of black bile vomited up at a church social: empty, blasphemous, and horrific. Set in New York during the Depression and probably West's most powerful work, 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.

During his years in Hollywood West wrote The Day of the Locust, a study of the fragility of illusion. Many critics consider it with F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished masterpiece The Last Tycoon (1941) among the best novels written about Hollywood. Set in Hollywood during the Depression, the narrator, Tod Hackett, comes to California in the hope of a career as a painter for movie backdrops but soon joins the disenchanted second-rate actors, technicians, laborers and other characters living on the fringes of the movie industry. Tod tries to seduce Faye Greener; she is seventeen. Her protector is an old man named Homer Simpson. Tod finds work on a film called prophetically β€œThe Burning of Los Angeles,” and the dark comic tale ends in an apocalyptic mob riot outside a Hollywood premiere, as the system runs out of control.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679602781
 
from Modern Library (April 1, 1998)
9780679602781 | details & prices | 289 pages | 4.25 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.50
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life
Paperback
Book cover for 9780811202152 Book cover for 9780811218221
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Jonathan Lethem (other contributor), John Sanford (other contributor) | Original edition from New Directions (June 23, 2009)
9780811218221 | details & prices | 191 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
About: "A primer for Big Bad City disillusionment, unsparing in its portrayal of New York's debilitating entropy.
from New Directions (June 1, 1969)
9780811202152 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $12.95
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613997621 Book cover for 9781439513187
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (July 10, 2008)
9781439513187 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.54 lbs | List price $21.95
from Turtleback Books (January 1, 1975)
9780613997621 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $23.25
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679602781
 
from Modern Library (April 1, 1998)
9780679602781 | details & prices | 289 pages | 4.25 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.50
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life
Paperback
Book cover for 9780811202152 Book cover for 9780811218221
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Jonathan Lethem (other contributor), John Sanford (other contributor) | Original edition from New Directions (June 23, 2009)
9780811218221 | details & prices | 191 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
About: "A primer for Big Bad City disillusionment, unsparing in its portrayal of New York's debilitating entropy.
from New Directions (June 1, 1969)
9780811202152 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $12.95
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613997621 Book cover for 9781439513187
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (July 10, 2008)
9781439513187 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.54 lbs | List price $21.95
from Turtleback Books (January 1, 1975)
9780613997621 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $23.25
About: Two short novels, one set in New York and the other in Hollywood, dramatically depict the extremes of the human condition and the destructive forces pervading modern American life

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