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Unformatted text preview: In 1933, West began the first of several stints as a Hollywood scriptwriter, working on hack movies with various teams of writers. During this time he finished and published A Cool Million (1934), a contemporary satire of the nineteenth-century Horatio Alger-type stories, those tales which chronicled the success of honest young workingmen — stereotypes that are still major myths in American culture. This novel tells the story of Lemuel Pitkin, a small-town boy whose attempts to gain success allow him to fall repeatedly into the hands of unscrupulous businessmen, wheeler- dealer operators, and politicians. Pitkin, who is literally dismembered as the novel progresses, ends up an unwilling martyr to the cause of an American Fascist-principled president. Intermittently funny and characterized by West's typical grotesqueries, the novel tends too often to depend on practical...
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.
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