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Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust (Paperback)

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By Nathanael West, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by)
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During his years in Hollywood West wroteThe Day of the Locust, a study of the fragility of illusion. Many critics consider it with F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished masterpiece The Last Tycoon (1941) among the best novels written about Hollywood. Set in Hollywood during the Depression, the narrator, Tod Hackett, comes to California in the hope of a career as a painter for movie backdrops but soon joins the disenchanted second-rate actors, technicians, laborers and other characters living on the fringes of the movie industry. Tod tries to seduce Faye Greener; she is seventeen. Her protector is an old man named Homer Simpson. Tod finds work on a film called prophetically "The Burning of Los Angeles," and the dark comic tale ends in an apocalyptic mob riot outside a Hollywood premiere, as the system runs out of control.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811218221
ISBN-10: 0811218228
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2009
Pages: 191
Language: English