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Nathanael West (1903–1940)

Born as Nathan Weinstein, the only son of a wealthy Manhattan real estate developer, West grew up as an overly spoiled child, largely burdened by the belief that he shouldn't be expected to work or show up on time or in any other way trouble himself to get by in the world. The Depression did a lot to revise this attitude. There is abundant ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Day of the Locust
(1975)
Lonelyhearts
Lonelyhearts Writer
(1958)
Five Came Back
(1939)

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 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Miss Lonelyhearts (1983) ... (novel - uncredited)
 1975 The Day of the Locust (novel)
 1958 Lonelyhearts (novel "Miss Lonelyhearts")
 1945 I'll Tell the World (novel "Miss Lonelyhearts")
 1941 Let's Make Music (screenplay)
 1940 Men Against the Sky (screenplay)
 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor (uncredited)
 1939 I Stole a Million (screenplay)
 1939 Five Came Back (screenplay)
 1939 The Spirit of Culver (screenplay)
 1938 Gangs of New York (uncredited)
 1938 Born to Be Wild (original screenplay)
 1937 It Could Happen to You! (screenplay) / (story)
 1937 Rhythm in the Clouds (screenplay)
 1936 The President's Mystery (screenplay)
 1936 Ticket to Paradise (screenplay)
 1933 Advice to the Lovelorn (novel "Miss Lonelyhearts")

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Novel: "The Day of the Locust". Random House Publishing (1st Publication date: 16 May 1939). ISBN 978-0451523488. OCLC Number 22865781. 238 pgs. NOTE: (1) Filmed as The Day of the Locust (1975). (2) It is widely believed that Matt Groening named the character "Homer Simpson" from his series The Simpsons (1989) from West's work [Turner... See more »

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West was practically unknown to the American public during his lifetime. On 22 Dec 1940, he and his wife Eileen McKenney were returning to Los Angeles from a hunting trip in Mexico to attend the funeral of his friend, F. Scott Fitzgerald, when he ran a stop sign in El Centro, California, and hit another vehicle. He and his wife were killed. McKenney had been the inspiration for the title ... See more »

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