Nathanael West’s Bible

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Nathanael West’s Bible


open to “Exodus” 9-10: The Plague of the Locusts, and marked with a laid-in leaf


West’s Day of the Locust, a Hollywood novel which draws its apocalyptic motif from Exodus, was made into a film in 1975. Provenance: S. J. Perelman, who was married to West’s sister. Born Nathan Weinstein, West had this Bible monogrammed with his nom de plume, which included the German aristocratic particle “von” plus “Wallerstein” for extra “provenance.” The leaf may have been put there posthumously. Technically this is a case of literature into literature into film…


From the collection of Robert M. Rubin