The Day of The Locust

Nathanael West was an author of extraordinary vision and ruthless imagination.  His novel, The Day of The Locust,  first appeared in 1939, nineteen months before its author’s premature death.  The story was seen as an extremely contemporary book with a thesis rooted in the social and political anxieties of its time.  The book has stuck around – as one of its Hollywood low-lifes might have put it, to become a standard representing the most sustained and complex vision, as well as the valedictory creation of an important American novelist.  Seen from the vantage point of almost eighty years down the road, The Day of The Locust now seems, as certain works will, both necessary and inevitable.
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