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From his name to his college transcript to his literary style, Nathanael West was self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the author of Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was an uncompromising artist obsessed with writing the perfect novel. He pursued his passion from New York to Paris to California, flirting dangerously with the bleak, faux-glamour of From his name to his college transcript to his literary style, Nathanael West was self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the author of Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was an uncompromising artist obsessed with writing the perfect novel. He pursued his passion from New York to Paris to California, flirting dangerously with the bleak, faux-glamour of Hollywood as the country suffered through the grim realities of the Great Depression. At the center of a circle of vigorous young literary writers that included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, William Carlos Williams, S.J. Perelman and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to become one of the most original literary talents of the twentieth century—an accomplished yet regrettably underappreciated master of the short lyric novel. West was finally starting to enjoy financial stability as a Hollywood screenwriter when he died in the California desert. A notoriously bad driver, he was racing back from a hunting trip in Mexico with his young bride of eight months when he crashed at full speed into another car.


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From his name to his college transcript to his literary style, Nathanael West was self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the author of Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was an uncompromising artist obsessed with writing the perfect novel. He pursued his passion from New York to Paris to California, flirting dangerously with the bleak, faux-glamour of From his name to his college transcript to his literary style, Nathanael West was self-invented. Born Nathan Weinstein, the author of Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) was an uncompromising artist obsessed with writing the perfect novel. He pursued his passion from New York to Paris to California, flirting dangerously with the bleak, faux-glamour of Hollywood as the country suffered through the grim realities of the Great Depression. At the center of a circle of vigorous young literary writers that included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, William Carlos Williams, S.J. Perelman and Dashiell Hammett, West rose to become one of the most original literary talents of the twentieth century—an accomplished yet regrettably underappreciated master of the short lyric novel. West was finally starting to enjoy financial stability as a Hollywood screenwriter when he died in the California desert. A notoriously bad driver, he was racing back from a hunting trip in Mexico with his young bride of eight months when he crashed at full speed into another car.

44 review for Alive Inside the Wreck: A Biography of Nathanael West

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Closer to 3.5 but still very good. Reminds me why I love Nathanael West's novels so much. Closer to 3.5 but still very good. Reminds me why I love Nathanael West's novels so much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Edward Champion

    Woodward certainly has passion for West, but this is a rather meager volume that mines points already proffered by others. Read for Nathanael West research.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Lewis

    This is an exceptionally readable biography of Nathanael West, an author I've admired for many years whom, until now, I've known so little about. Woodward made West come alive -- the man, the era, his writings, his contemporaries, and the places he either lived in (Hollywood, New York) or visited (Paris, summer camp!). I really enjoyed Woodward's writing style and I also enjoyed the selection of photos that are included in the book. if you have any interest at all in Nathanael West -- either in This is an exceptionally readable biography of Nathanael West, an author I've admired for many years whom, until now, I've known so little about. Woodward made West come alive -- the man, the era, his writings, his contemporaries, and the places he either lived in (Hollywood, New York) or visited (Paris, summer camp!). I really enjoyed Woodward's writing style and I also enjoyed the selection of photos that are included in the book. if you have any interest at all in Nathanael West -- either in his work or in who he might have been as a man -- you will undoubtedly learn much from this book. (Great title, too!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I received a copy of this book through First Reads. I really had no idea what to expect as I didn't know anything about Nathanael West. Joe Woodward has put together an informative account of the life and times of Nathanael West. I really enjoyed the photos, it allowed me to step back in time and put faces to the names. I did feel at times that the writing seemed a little bit "book report-ish", however you definitely walk away having learned a lot about the man and regretting that he was not abl I received a copy of this book through First Reads. I really had no idea what to expect as I didn't know anything about Nathanael West. Joe Woodward has put together an informative account of the life and times of Nathanael West. I really enjoyed the photos, it allowed me to step back in time and put faces to the names. I did feel at times that the writing seemed a little bit "book report-ish", however you definitely walk away having learned a lot about the man and regretting that he was not able to enjoy the recognition that he ultimately achieved for his works.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ware

    I received this book from goodreads.com for free. I hope I find something to be as passionate about as West was with his writing. A lot of work went in to this book for research. He was not a very famous person. Well done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

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