Alive Inside the Wreck: A Biography of Nathaniel West by Joe Woodward

By Joe Woodward

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

West used to be ultimately commencing to take pleasure in monetary balance as a Hollywood screenwriter whilst he died within the California desolate tract. 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 velocity into one other vehicle. He was once lifeless on the age of 37.

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 At either he had entry to non-public letters, pictures, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts in addition to seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson and others.

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