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Book Title: Signorina Cuorinfranti|
The author of the book: Nathanael West
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Date of issue: November 2011
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Read full description of the books Signorina Cuorinfranti:Ingiustamente sottovalutato in vita, il talento narrativo di Nathanael West ha ottenuto il meritato riconoscimento solo dopo la morte, avvenuta nel 1940 per un incidente d’auto, a soli trentasette anni. Oggi West è annoverato tra i grandi classici del Novecento americano.
La «Signorina Cuorinfranti» del titolo è la firma di una seguitissima rubrica di consigli ai lettori di un quotidiano newyorkese, dietro la quale si nasconde in realtà un uomo. Quello che era nato come il semplice scherzo di una redazione troppo cinica però diventa una vicenda umana di grande sofferenza: intimamente coinvolto dai problemi dei suoi lettori, e frustrato dalla propria incapacità di offrir loro un aiuto reale, il protagonista precipita in una spirale di autodistruzione, ricercando sollievo di volta in volta nel sesso, nell’alcol, nella religione. Ambientato nella New York della Grande Depressione, questa originalissima novella a episodi offre uno spaccato grottesco ma profondamente empatico di una società in lotta con le proprie illusioni.
Read information about the authorBorn Nathanael von Wallenstein Weinstein to prosperous Jewish parents; from the first West set about creating his own legend, and anglicising his name was part of that process. At Brown University in New York, he befriended writer and humourist S. J. Perelman (who later married his sister), and started writing and drawing cartoons. As his cousin Nathan Wallenstein also attended Brown, West took to borrowing his work and presenting it as his own. He almost didn't graduate at all, on account of failing a crucial course in modern drama. West indulged in a little dramatics of his own and, in tearful contrition, convinced a gullible professor to upgrade his marks.
After spending a couple of years in Paris, where he wrote his first novel, The Dream Life of Balso Snell, he returned to New York, where he managed (badly by all accounts) a small hotel, the Sutton, owned by his family. As well as providing free board for struggling friends like Dashiell Hammett, the job also gave West ample opportunity to observe the strange collection of misfits and drifters who congregated in the hotel's drugstore. Some of these would appear in West's novel Miss Lonelyhearts.
West spent the rest of his days in Hollywood, writing B-movie screenplays for small studios and immersing himself in the unglamorous underworld of Tinseltown, with its dope dealers, extras, gangsters, whores and has-beens. All would end up in West's final masterpiece, The Day of the Locust.
West's life ultimately ended as tragically as his fictions. Recently married, and with better-paid script work coming in, West was happy and successful. Then, returning from a trip to Mexico with his wife Eileen, he crashed his car after ignoring a stop sign and killed them both. This was just one day after the death of his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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