Introduction: Rooting for West

  • Alistair Wisker

Abstract

Nathanael West was the author of four short novels, four parables about a Kingdom of Hell, as Auden describes them, four cautionary tales which need to be heeded now at least as much as they did when he wrote them. Perhaps they are being heeded more now: the 1970s and 1980s have been the best years in the history of their publication.

Keywords

Coherence Smoke Hunt Fishing Egypt 

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Notes and References

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