The Day of the Locust


By Nathanael West

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Nathaniel West was a prominent American author in the early 20th century best known for his satirical works.  West was not well known during his brief lifetime but his unusual style, as well as classics such as Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, has made him much more famous after his death.

The Day of the Locust is a novel published in 1939 that is set in Hollywood. The action centers around a young artist who is hired by a Hollywood studio to do design work.  The book highlights how the American dream is not always so easy to capture.

The Day of the Locust