In MISS LONELY HEARTS, Nathanael West's classic novel, an advice columnist for a New York City newspaper is disheartened and disillusioned by the desperate letters he receives. Eventually, he begins actually getting involved in the lives of his letter-writers, a move he comes to regret deeply. First published in 1933, MISS LONELYHEARTS was critically acclaimed, but when its publisher went bankrupt it was taken out of circulation, and West made almost no money from the book.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Work + the Workplace, Types of Characters