Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

by Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust

Paperback, 191 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $11.95 | purchase

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Two classic novels are included in a single volume, first, Miss Lonelyhearts, about a newspaper reporter seeking to avoid writing an agony column, with only his cynical editor Shrike in the way, the second, The Day of the Locust, about Tod Hackett, who pines for a role in the film industry, only to discover the emptiness of Hollywood's inhabitants.

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Nathanael West's classic short novel is the story of a newspaper columnist — a man who receives letters of heartbreak from the city's desperate souls. He comforts them in his weekly column, offering not only advice about love, but solace and escape from their depressed and unfortunate lives. But Miss Lonelyhearts himself may be one of the most desperate, an unsatisfied man searching for meaning in what he sees as a morally bankrupt city. West's novel is also a brilliant period piece of

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