Synopses & Reviews
Praised by great writers from Flannery O'Conner to Jonathan Lethem, is an American classic. A newspaper reporter assigned to write the agony column in the depths of the Great Depression seeks respite from the poor souls who send in their sad letters, only to be further tormented by his viciously cynical editor, Shrike. This single volume of features its original Alvin Lustig jacket design, as well as a new introduction by Harold Bloom, who calls it "my favorite work of modern American fiction."
"In dark times,
A writer's nightmare: his degrading day job as a lonely hearts advice columnist is only the beginning
About the Author
In 1940, when an automobile accident prematurely claimed Nathanael West's life, he was a relatively obscure writer, the author of only four short novels. West's reputation has grown considerably since then and he is now considered one of the 20th century's major authors. Born in New York, West worked as the night manager of the Kenmore Hotel on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, as a contract scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and as a screenwriter for RKO Radio Picture.The Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Harold Bloom (b. 1930) has been hailed as "one of our greatest living literary critics" (Los Angeles Times).