First Edition, First Printing of West’s final novel. Named one of the 100 best novels of the century by the Modern Library. Book content near fine, with tight binding and no cocking or other markings other than minor spotting on a few pages in the middle. Dust jacket is the Book of the Month Club in fine condition, almost identical to the original. Publisher's original cloth red cloth faded, especially along the spine, with price and leading edge of the original dust jacket pasted to board. Overall, a wonderful copy of this enduring classic. Nathanael West began working as a screenwriter in the early 1930s, using his experiences to compose what many consider the definitive Hollywood novel. In it, the main character Tod Hackett “weaves his way along the seamy underside of Hollywood, among the confused, resentful people who have followed their dreams…." F. Scott Fitzgerald said "The Day of the Locust remains the best of the hundreds of Hollywood novels written." Fitzgerald, who was himself working on The Last Tycoon, said that novel had "scenes of extraordinary power.” (ANB). Dorothy Parker called it “brilliant, savage and arresting.” “An unusual and highly original talent, West was one of the first and best American writers of black comedy…. Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust are his most compelling and effective works.” (Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, 1056-7). Sadly, West died in a car crash in 1940 (the year after publication) at the age of 37 and never lived to see the novel’s critical acclaim.