Miss Lonelyhearts
WEST, Nathanael

Miss Lonelyhearts

New York: New Directions, N.d. [1946]

Small 8vo, pp. 142. Original cream boards, lettered in black to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. Corners a little bumped, but a near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper, some creasing and a 1cm closed tear to bottom edge of front panel, light wear to spine ends, (white) rear panel a little marked.

The New Classics edition, issued by James Laughlin at New Directions, and with an introduction by Robert M. Coates.

The first edition of Miss Lonelyhearts was published in 1933 by Liveright, just as they were going bust. Harcourt, Brace took up the slack in the same year, with a Greenberg edition following shortly after. This, the New Classics edition, is undated, and states 'Copyright 1933 by Nathanael West' on one of the preliminaries, but that's not the date of this edition's publication. James Laughlin did not found New Directions until 1936, and in his introduction Robert M. Coates mentions West's death 'a little over five years ago.' West died in a car crash in December 1940, which dates this volume to 1946. You're welcome.


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