Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Day of the Locust / The Dream Life of Balso Snell
Nathanael West


Tod Hackett is a brilliant young artist – and a man in danger of losing his heart. Brought to an LA studio as a set-designer, he is soon caught up in a fantasy world where the cult of celebrity rules. But when he becomes besotted by the beautiful Faye, an aspiring actress and occasional call-girl, his dream rapidly becomes a nightmare. For, with little in the way of looks and no money to buy her time, Tod’s desperate passion can only lead to frustration, disillusionment and rage.

West’s novella The Dream Life of Balso Snell is also included in this volume.

Paperback, 240pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1931, 1939)
ISBN 9780141182889