Books The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West Paperback, 204 pages, New Amer Library Classics, List Price: $5.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Day of the LocustAuthorNathanael West Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Hollywood of the 1930s and the collapse of the American dream are seen through the eyes of a refined, educated set designer and an inarticulate bookkeeper from Iowa Genres: Fiction Also by Nathanael West Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Day of the Locust A poster for the 1933 film King Kong shows the famous monster ape holding helpless Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) atop the Empire State Building. Buyenlarge/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Buyenlarge/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Three Books... Three Grisly Tales Of Love And Death In Tinseltown October 21, 2010 Hollywood has always been a place where the glamorous and the grotesque go hand in paw. Paula Uruburu recommends books that strip away the sentiment to focus on the darker side of Hollywood's mass-produced fantasies.