Re: RARA-AVIS: Nathaniel West

From: James Michael Rogers (
Date: 19 Mar 2010

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    The list of writers who were still hip to Scott Fitzgerald at the time of his death was pretty short. Along with the unfortunately absent West, I think Dorothy Parker traveled to the funeral. Hemingway, of course, had a very complicated relationship with Fitzgerald. O'Hara was something of an imitator at times as well as a fan and Dashiell Hammett was portrayed as a Fitzgerald enthusiast in a famous anti-Hemingway anecdote by Lillian Hellman. Chandler was something of a fan, though he had misgivings about The Last Tycoon. In short, Fitzgerald appears to have cut a wide swath as far as the HB crowd was concerned even as his rep hit the dumps with the larger public.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Randy Krbechek
      Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 13:01
      Subject: RARA-AVIS: Nathaniel West

      At 3/18/2010, James Michael Rogers wrote:

    >Off topic but, since we were talking recently about HB authors
    >suitable to be taught in schools, did anyone mention Nathanial
    >West's Day Of The Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts?

      Trivia fact. West and his bride (they were married for only a few
      months) were killed in an accident as he was driving to the funeral
      for F. Scott Fitzgerald.

      Randy Krbechek
      Fresno, CA


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