Cool Million and the Dream Life of Balso Snell

ISBN-10: 0374530270
ISBN-13: 9780374530273
Edition: 2006
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Description: Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. A Cool Million, written in 1934, is a  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. A Cool Million, written in 1934, is a satiric Horatio Alger story set in the midst of the Depression. The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931) was described by one critic as "a fantasy about some rather scatological adventures of the hero in the innards of the Trojan horse."

In 1940, when an automobile accident prematurely claimed Nathanael West's life, he was a relatively obscure writer, the author of only four short novels. West's reputation has grown considerably since then and he is now considered one of the 20th century's major authors. Born in New York, West worked as the night manager of the Kenmore Hotel on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, as a contract scriptwriter for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and as a screenwriter for RKO Radio Picture.

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