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West, Nathanael (Author) & Bercovitch, Sacvan (Editor). THE DREAM LIFE OF BALSO SNELL, MISS LONELYHEARTS, A COOL MILLION, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, LETTERS. New York City, NY: Library Of America, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 950 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of the author's works. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Slipcased Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production: Regular-sized volume format. Text by Nathanael West edited and annotated by Sacvan Bercovitch. Cream hard board slipcase. Printed to the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant. The book is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents Nathanael West's "The Dream Life of Baslo Snell", "Miss Lonelyhearts", "A Cool Million", and "The Day of The Locust". Some of the greatest novels ever written by an American writer, supplemented with his previously unpublished letters. Nathan Weinstein was the ultimate paradox of a genius: He despised his Jewish roots so profoundly that he changed/"West-ernized" his name. The epithet, "self-hating Jew", applied to Nathanael West long before it became a rigid ideological term. At the same time, Weinstein-become-West mined those very same roots to create his great art. Writing in eloquent prose, Harold Bloom is one of West's most insightful critic/admirers today: "The perfected instance of a negative vision in modern American fiction. West's spirit lives again in 'The Crying of Lot 49' and some sequences in 'Gravity's Rainbow', but the sublimity of 'Miss Lonelyhearts' proves to be beyond Pynchon's reach" (Harold Bloom). After sweeping aside the greatest names of modern American literature (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Thomas Pynchon is everybody), Bloom is neither done nor satisfied: "Nothing by Bellow, Malamud, Philip Roth, Mailer, or Ozick can compare to 'Miss Lonelyhearts' as an achievement". An absolute "must-have" title for Nathanael West collectors. These titles are great books. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1883011280. $80.00

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