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Miss Lonelyhearts

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Title:Miss Lonelyhearts
West, Nathanael   
(4 of 4 for author by title)
The Dream Life of Balso Snell
Published:   1933
Tags:fiction, humour, film/TV adaptation

The blackly comic energy of Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts—its caustic ebullience, the strange buoyancy of its suffering—is a remarkably American achievement, a kind of death-dance capered on the corpse of a vividly rendered early 1930s Manhattan. In the darkening curl of the Depression, misery is the fulcrum of national experience, a dismal engine that purrs especially for West’s titular protagonist. As a newspaper advice columnist, he is privy to the secret despair of an American chorus: the lost, the young, the deformed, the forgotten. [Suggest a different description.]

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