Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

Fiction

Nathanael West

Contributors: Jonathan Lethem
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Two great works of American literature in one volume, reissued here with a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem

Miss Lonelyhearts — compared by Flannery O’Connor to Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying — is about a newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column, but, caught up in a vision of suffering, he seeks a way out (through art, sex, religion), only to be rebuffed at every turn by his cynical editor Shrike. The Day of the Locust — considered by many to be the best novel ever written about Hollywood — is about Tod Hackett, who hopes for a career in set design only to discover the boredom and emptiness of Hollywood’s inhabitants. In the end, only blood will serve. The day of the locust is at hand...

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“Taken together, these two novels say more about the way we live now––and the things that brought us to our present pass––than any other work of fiction I can think of.”

— L.E. Sissman, New Yorker