"Somehow or other I seem to have slipped in between all the 'schools,' " observed Nathanael West the year before his untimely death in 1940. "My books meet no needs except my own, their circulation is practically private and I'm lucky to be published." Yet today, West is widely recognized as a... read more
“... the forty years of his life had been entirely without variety or excitement. As a bookeeper he had worked mechanically, totaling figures and making figures with the same impersonal detachment that he now opened cans of soup and made his bed.Someone watching him go about his little cottage might have thought him sleep walking or partially blind. His hands seemed to have a life and will of their own. It was they who pulled the sheets tight and shaped the pillows.-The Day of the Locust”
“At college, and perhaps a year afterwards, they had believed in literature, had believed in Beauty and personal expression as at absolute end. When they lost this belief they lost everything.-Miss Lonelyhearts”
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