Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City on October 17

Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City on October 17

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Nathanael West was born Nathan Weinstein in New York City on October 17, 1903, the first child of  Max and Anna Weinstein. Both his parents were German-speaking Lithuanian Jews, who married in  1902, shortly after their arrival in America. West's father was a hard-working and successful building  contractor until the Depression curtailed the construction industry. His parents were cultivated people  and both of them came from close-knit, large families. West attended grade school and high school  in upper Manhattan and was always a poor student, preferring to spend his time reading books. He  often skipped his classes and did not graduate from high school, but on the basis of a forged  transcript, he was admitted to Tufts University in Massachusetts. There, he also neglected his  studies and was finally forced to withdraw. West soon gained admittance, however, to Brown 
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