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Nathanael West

Author, Screenwriter (17-Oct-1903 — 22-Dec-1940)


Rita Barnard. The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance: Kenneth Fearing, Nathanael West and Mass Culture in the 1930s. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 1994. 283pp.

Nancy M. Bombaci. Freaks in Late Modernist American Culture: Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers. Peter Lang. 2005. 175pp.

Victor Comerchero. Nathanael West: The Ironic Prophet. Syracuse University Press. 1964. 189pp.

Carter M. Cramer. The World of Nathanael West: A Critical Interpretation. Kansas State Teachers College. 1971. 71pp.

Tom Dardis. Some Time in the Sun: The Hollywood Years of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Nathanael West, Aldous Huxley, and James Agee. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1976. 244pp.

Stanley Edgar Hyman. Nathanael West. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota. 1962. 48pp.

James F. Light. Nathanael West: An Interpretative Study. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. 1961. 236pp.

Robert Emmet Long. Nathanael West. New York: Frederick Ungar. 1985. 202pp.

David Madden (editor). Nathanael West: The Cheaters and the Cheated: A Collection of Critical Essays. Deland, FL: Everett Edwards. 1973. 346pp.

Irving Malin. Nathanael West's Novels. Southern Illinois University Press. 1974. 141pp.

Jay Martin. Nathanael West: The Art of His Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1970. 435pp.

Jay Martin (editor). Nathanael West: A Collection of Critical Essays: 20th Century Views. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. 1971. 169pp.

Randall Reid. The Fiction of Nathanael West: No Redeemer, No Promised Land. University of Chicago Press. 1967. 174pp.

Ben Siegel (editor). Critical Essays on Nathanael West. Macmillan Publishing Company. 1994. 248pp.

Dennis Paul Vannatta. Nathanael West: An Annotated Bibliography of the Scholarship and Works. London: Taylor & Francis/Garland. 1976. 165pp.

Jonathan Veitch. American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. University of Wisconsin Press. 1997. 232pp.

William White. Nathanael West: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Kent State University Press. 1975. 209pp.

Kingsley Widmer. Nathanael West. Boston, MA: Twayne. 1982.

Alistair Wisker. The Writing of Nathanael West. Palgrave Macmillan. 1990. 224pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.748)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1547)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.1117)

  10. Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century (p.194)

  11. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.249)

  12. Twentieth Century Authors (p.1500)

  13. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.812)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.1107)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.784)

  16. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.512)

  17. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.16)

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