Miss Lonelyhearts & a Cool Million

Miss Lonelyhearts & a Cool Million : Or the Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin

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In these two modern fables Nathanael West presents a powerful indictment of the brutal, inhuman world of 1930s America. When, in MISS LONELYHEARTS, a cynical, hard-drinking hack takes on his newspaper's agony column he thinks of it as something of ajoke. But when the letters of despair come flooding in he realises that it is he who is the victim of the joke. Haunted by the human misery he encounters, his fragile hold on reality starts to slip away. In A COOL MILLION Lem Pitkin is the hapless young hero chasing the American dream of success and wealth, but instead discovering the very darkest corners of human life. Together these two fables present a powerful indictment of 1930s America.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 13mm | 158g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 014118468X
  • 9780141184685

About Nathanael West

Nathanel West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City in 1903 and studied at Tufts and Brown Universities before living and writing in Paris for two years. He changed his name legally in 1926 and until 1933 he wrote and managed hotels belonging to his father in New York. In 1935 he settled in California to become a screenwriter. His fiction was largely neglected until after he and his wife died in an automobile accident in 1940.
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