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Nathanael West

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Nathanael West


Born
in New York City, The United States
October 17, 1903

Died
December 22, 1940

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Born Nathanael von Wallenstein Weinstein to prosperous Jewish parents, from the first West set about creating his own legend, and anglicising his name was part of that process. At Brown University in Rhode Island, he befriended writer and humourist S. J. Perelman (who later married his sister), and started writing and drawing cartoons. As his cousin Nathan Wallenstein also attended Brown, West took to borrowing his work and presenting it as his own. He almost didn't graduate at all, on account of failing a crucial course in modern drama. West indulged in a little dramatics of his own and, in tearful contrition, convinced a gullible professor to upgrade his marks.

After spending a couple of years in Paris, where he wrote his first novel, The
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Average rating: 3.75 · 40,339 ratings · 2,596 reviews · 18 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Day of the Locust

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3.73 avg rating — 21,305 ratings — published 1939 — 165 editions
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Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day...

3.90 avg rating — 9,776 ratings — published 1939 — 29 editions
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Miss Lonelyhearts

3.59 avg rating — 5,349 ratings — published 1933 — 144 editions
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Miss Lonelyhearts and A Coo...

3.76 avg rating — 1,260 ratings — published 1934 — 10 editions
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A Cool Million

3.64 avg rating — 777 ratings — published 1934 — 28 editions
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A Cool Million and the Drea...

3.74 avg rating — 463 ratings — published 1931 — 6 editions
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The Dream Life of Balso Snell

3.24 avg rating — 457 ratings — published 1931 — 21 editions
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Novels and Other Writings: ...

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The Day of the Locust and T...

3.68 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
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The Collected Works of Nath...

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“Numbers constitute the only universal language.”
Nathanael West

“Only those who still have hope can benefit from tears.”
Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust
tags: hope

“He read it for the same reason an animal tears at a wounded foot: to hurt the pain.”
Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts
tags: pain

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