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Day of the Locust
1939 - WEST, Nathanael. The Day of the Locust. New York: Random House, (1939). Octavo, original red cloth, orange paper spine label, original dust jacket. $7800.First edition of West's masterpiece, his brilliant final novel, named one of the 100 best novels of the century by the Modern Library, especially scarce in colorful, unrestored dust jacket.A Hollywood screenwriter during the 1930s, Nathanael West was "fascinated by the underbelly of Los Angeles" and used his experiences to compose what many consider the definitive Hollywood novel (New York Times). "West's The Day of the Locust remains the best of the hundreds of Hollywood novels written". F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was himself working on The Last Tycoon, said that novel had 'scenes of extraordinary power'" (ANB). On its publication, Dorothy Parker called the novel "brilliant, savage and arresting," and The New York Times praised it as an astounding and "effective grotesque". a nightmare of lust and violence." "An unusual and highly original talent, West was one of the first and best American writers of black comedy". Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust are his most compelling and effective works" (Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 1056-57). Published in May 1939, the book sold less than 1500 copies. West died in a car crash in 1940 at the age of 37 and never lived to see the novel's eventual critical acclaim. With "First Printing" on copyright page. Interior fine, one small spot of soiling to rear board. Light wear to extremities of bright, unrestored dust jacket with small spot of soiling to rear panel, rubbing to front panel. A near-fine copy, most scarce in unrestored dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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