“The book,” Paul said, “which is quite rare, and which I possess a copy of nonetheless, is by Nathanael West. Title is Miss Lonelyhearts. I have read it with enjoyment, but do not totally grasp N. West's meaning.” – from Man in the High Castle
Removing the descriptor “rarely read” from Nathanael West’s entry in the 21st century canon of American literature has been one of my life’s minor missions. Occasionally, even I am tempted to replace him on my syllabus with Walker Percy or Flannery O’Connor, but ...
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