Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Miss Lonelyhearts
Nathanael West


Day after day, Miss Lonelyhearts sits in his office responding to letters from “Broken-hearted, Sick-of-it-all, and Desperate,” dispensing words of hope, inspiration, and other platitudes to get his readers through their tormented days. But it’s all getting to be too much for Miss Lonelyhearts. Under the weight of his colleagues’ mockery and the endless gloom of his correspondence, Miss Lonelyhearts finds himself crippled with cynicism and dysfunction.

Set in New York City at the height of the Great Depression, Miss Lonelyhearts stands as one of the most intelligent and hilarious works of the twentieth Century. Laced with dark humour, irony and razor-sharp insight, this novel is as hauntingly relevant today as it was nearly a hundred years ago.

Paperback, 112pp
Daunt Books, 2014 (1933)
ISBN 9781907970467