The Day of the Locust


By Nathanael West

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At the height of the Great Depression, aspiring artist Tod Hackett falls in love with Faye Greener, a beautiful starlet with big dreams. Through his work as a costume designer and his burgeoning friendship with Faye, Tod is introduced to the world behind the movies, and the varied and unusual characters that populate the fringes of Hollywood.

Widely regarded as one of the best English-language novels of the twentieth century, The Day of the Locust was adapted for a 1975 film starring William Atherton, Karen Black, and Donald Sutherland. It has also been referenced in many forms of media, including the graphic novel Y: The Last Man, and is believed to have inspired the character of Homer Simpson in The Simpsons by Matt Groening.

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The Day of the Locust