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Lonelyhearts : the Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen Mckenny - MEADE MARION


the Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen Mckenny

Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9780547386386
Number Of Pages: 392

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NATHANAEL WEST--novelist, screenwriter, playwright, devoted outdoorsman--was one of the most gifted and original writers of his generation, a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities of modern life proved prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, "Miss Lonelyhearts "(1933) and "The Day of the Locust" (1939). Seventy years later, "The Day of the Locust" remains the most penetrating novel ever written about Hollywood. EILEEN MCKENNEY--accidental muse, literary heroine--was the inspiration for her sister Ruth's humorous stories, "My Sister Eileen," which led to stage, film, and television adaptations, including Leonard Bernstein's 1953 musical "Wonderful Town." She grew up in Cleveland and moved to Manhattan at 21 in search of romance and adventure. She and her sister lived in a basement apartment in the Village with a street-level window into which men frequently peered. Husband and wife were intimate with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Katharine White, S.J. Perelman, Bennett Cerf, and many of the literary, theatrical, and movie notables of their era. With "Lonelyhearts, "biographer Marion Meade, whose "Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin" earned accolades from the Washington Post Book World ("Wonderful") to the San Francisco Chronicle ("Like looking at a photo album while listening to a witty insider reminisce about the images"), restores West and McKenney to their rightful places in the rich cultural tapestry of interwar America.

The Ensemblep. xv
Introductionp. xvii
In the Hotelp. 1
Dusty Esky in Harlemp. 6
Mishawakap. 19
San Juan Hill, New Yorkp. 26
The Stenographer from Cantonp. 36
Crimes and Misdemeanorsp. 46
Becoming ôNathanael Westöp. 59
Balso Snell's Book of Dirty Little Secretsp. 73
Cleveland Heights Princessp. 83
Ring Out, Wild Ballsp. 91
The Big Stealp. 110
Marooned on Silsby Roadp. 131
Screwballs and Screwboxesp. 141
Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleevesp. 152
14 Gay Streetp. 171
Cheapsvillep. 187
Sister Eileen and Mrs. Whitep. 209
Destined to be a Heroinep. 223
An Arsonist's Guide to Los Angelesp. 236
Stinkolas, Humdingers, Lollapaloozas, Twisteroosp. 256
Eileen in Disneylandp. 267
Togetherp. 288
El Centrop. 300
Postscriptp. 315
The Works of Nathanael Westp. 325
Notesp. 328
Acknowledgmentsp. 362
Photo Creditsp. 367
Indexp. 368
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ISBN: 9780547386386
ISBN-10: 0547386389
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.39