Alive Inside the Wreck: A Biography of Nathaniel West

By Joe Woodward

From his identify to his university transcript to his literary sort, Nathanael West was once self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the writer of the classics pass over Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was once an uncompromising artist passionate about writing the proper novel. He pursued his ardour from big apple to California, flirting dangerously with the awful, 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 turn into essentially 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 beginning to take pleasure in monetary balance as a Hollywood screenwriter while he died within the California barren region. A notoriously undesirable motive force, he was once racing again from a holiday in Mexico along with his younger bride of 8 months while he crashed at complete velocity into one other automobile. He used to be lifeless on the age of 37.

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 At either he had entry to private letters, pictures, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.

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