Miss Lonelyhearts

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Short novel by Nathanael West, published in 1933. A dramatization in two acts by Howard Teichmann was produced and published in 1959.

A nameless middle-aged man, the son of a Baptist minister, unable to find any other job, becomes the writer of a column of advice to the lovelorn for a New York newspaper, and is so troubled himself that he spends much of his time drinking. As Miss Lonely-hearts he is sought out by Fay Doyle, a woman married to a cripple, and ends up going to bed with her. Later he meets Fay's husband Peter, toward whom he feels a sympathetic sense of communion, but Peter, torn between reciprocal love and hatred, plans to shoot him with a gun that he has concealed in a package. Upon embracing Peter, Miss Lonelyhearts jostles the package and is accidentally shot to death.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Nathanael West (1903—1940)

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