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Miss Lonelyhearts

Miss Lonelyhearts

Miss Lonelyhearts

  • By: Nathanael West

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ISBN: 9788130907437

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2008

Pages: 186

Size: 159 x 242 mm

Publisher: Facts On File Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


While a very short novel might be easy to overlook, Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) has been compared to The Sun Also Rises and The Great Gatsby. One of the few titles written by West, who died in a car crash at age 37, Miss Lonelyhearts was published when he was 30 and is seen as his masterpiece. In its pages, a newspaper's money-making venture  " the addition of an advice column" pulls us into a world of nihilistic despair, as we follow the life of the man appointed to reply to the seemingly hopeless letters of a lot and illeducated public still grappling for answers.

Surely, West's short novel is, quite consciously, one of a series of warnings to the modern age, not warning out of fear that we will not be saints, but out of fear that we will not do what human can do.

—Richard P. Lynch

Like the many narratives Miss Lonelyhearts tries to escape, the Christ legend is doomed to the same fraudulence; as long as Miss Lonelyhearts is who he is, even the Christ dream is compromised fatally, like a compulsively recurring dream that ends only with the end of the dreamer.

—Mark Conroy

VIVA MODERN CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS presents the best current criticism on the most widely read and studied poems, novels and dramas of the Western world, from Oedipus Rex and the Iliad to such modern and contemporary works as William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Don DeLillo's White Noise. Each volume opens with an introductory essay and editor's note by Harold Bloom and includes a bibliography, a chronology of the author's life and works, and notes on the contributors. Taken together, VIVA MODERN CRITICAL INTERPRETATIONS provides a comprehensive critical guide to the most vital and influential works of the Western literary tradition.

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Students & academics of English literature.


Introduction • The Religious Masquerade: Miss Lonelyhearts • Letters and Spirit in Miss Lonelyhearts • The Ritual Icon • Miss Lonelyhearts: The Absurd Center of the Dead World • "Inarticulate Expressions of Genuine Suffering?": A Reply to the Correspondence in Miss Lonelyhearts • Miss Lonelyhearts and the Rhetoric of Disintegration • Shrike as the Modernist Anti-Hero in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts • Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts: The Waste Land Rescripted • Saints & Lovers: Miss Lonelyhearts in the Tradition • The Desert, the Lamb, the Cross: Debased Iconography in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts • Chronology • Contributors


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