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Nathanael West, the ironic prophet.

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Published by Syracuse University Press in [Syracuse, N.Y.] .
Written in English


  • West, Nathanael, 1903-1940

Book details:

LC ClassificationsPS3545.E8334 Z6
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 189 p.
Number of Pages189
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5919637M
LC Control Number64023342

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Additional Physical Format: Online version: Comerchero, Victor. Nathanael West. Seattle, University of Washington Press [, ©] (OCoLC) West's first novel this dilemma is the source of an irony that turns in contempt to feed upon itself. West could only prove the failure of art by failing at it. Nathanael West began at a dead end; he never completely resigned that ground. In the three mature novels that were to follow, he saw the exhausted artist as the representative type of our culture.   In , Jewish author Nathanael West (née Weinstein) penned a nihilistic hate-letter to white America in the form of a novel called The Day of the Locust. Under the flimsy guise of “satire,” West spins a narrative that involves at least five extremely negative white gentile characters that have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. THE WAR WITHIN NATHANAEL WEST: NATURALISM AND EXISTENTIALISM rrfr Daniel R. Brown Nathanael West, I believe, was influenced by both naturalism and • Nathanael West: The Ironic Prophet (Syracuse University Press, ), p. S2. just as in West. In Wright's book, a white cat leaps onto Bigger Thomas's head in the.

Nathanael West, original name Nathan Weinstein, (born Oct. 17, , New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Dec. 22, , near El Centro, Calif.), American writer best known for satiric novels of the s.. Of middle-class Jewish immigrant parentage, he attended high school in New York City and graduated from Brown University in During a month stay in Paris, he . Nathanael West (born Nathan Weinstein; Octo – Decem ) was an American author and screenwriter. He is remembered for two darkly satirical novels: Miss Lonelyhearts () and The Day of the Locust (), set respectively in the newspaper and Hollywood film e works: Miss Lonelyhearts, The Day of the . Monstrous Modernism and The Day of the Locust. Nathanael West: The Ironic Prophet. Seattle: U of Washington P, Dardis, Tom. Some Time in the Sun. In one of the book's most powerful. A summary of Themes in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Miss Lonelyhearts and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.

Nathanael West, the Ironic Prophet: Victor Comerchero: Critical Study The Fiction of Nathanael West, No Redeemer, No Promised land: Randall Reid: Critical Study Nathanael West: The Art of His Life: Jay Martin: Biography Nathanael West: An Interpretative Study: James F. Light: Critical Study Nathanael West: Robert Emmet. Nathanael West — novelist, screenwriter, playwright — was one of the most gifted and original writers of his generation, a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities of modern life would prove prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, /5(39). But what I have said--strange as it is--normalizes Miss Lonelyhearts too much, for Nathanael West's book is also blackly funny in a way that only a book steeped in European cynicism and iconoclasm could be. In spite of its superficial similarities, it is a world--I almost said an ocean--away from the earnestness of the Great American Novel/5.   But like the world his work immortalized, Nathanael West has never held beyond the reach of contradiction. West’s life and legacy have continued to weave with a thread of bitter irony. While many closely associate The Day of the Locust with California in general and Hollywood in particular, West was neither a native of the region nor claimed.