Pen name of Nathan Weinstein (1904-1940) surrealist influenced novels capture the absurdity and extremity of modern American life and the dark side of the American dream.
The Day of the Locust in 1939 explores the violent fantasies induced by Hollywood, where West was a screenwriter. Miss Lonelyhearts in 1933 is about an agonised male agony aunt on a newspaper who feels the misfortunes of his correspondents; A Cool Million in 1934 satirises the rags-to-riches dream of success.
Why is Nathanael West famous?
Nathanael West was an American black-humour novelist, born in New York.