Bloom, Harold, ed. Nathanael West. New York: Chelsea House, 1986. This useful collection includes essays on all of West’s work in a representative selection. S. E. Hyman’s essay is a valuable introduction to West. Contains bibliography.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Nathanael West’s “Miss Lonelyhearts.” New York: Chelsea House, 1987. This valuable collection offers nine essays from a variety of viewpoints on Miss Lonelyhearts. Includes a chronology and a bibliography.
Martin, Jay, ed. Nathanael West: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971. This collection contains some brief critical commentaries by West himself as well as analyses by others. Martin’s introductory essay is a useful summary. Some of the others presuppose a fairly sophisticated reader. Includes bibliography.
Siegel, Ben, ed. Critical Essays on Nathanael West. New York: G. K. Hall, 1994. Divided into two sections—reviews and essays. In addition to the comprehensive introduction surveying West’s life and career, the essay section provides studies of individual novels and of West’s work as a whole. Includes notes and index but no bibliography.
Veitch, Jonathan. American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930’s. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. Contains separate chapters on each novel as well as an introduction discussing the “crisis of representation in the 1930’s.” Includes detailed notes but no bibliography.
Widmer, Kingsley. Nathanael West. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Widmer’s general introduction concentrates on “West as the prophet of modern masquerading, role-playing, and its significance” while offering useful analyses of West’s work. Lengthy notes and an annotated bibliography are provided.
Wisker, Alistair. The Writing of Nathanael West. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990. Chapters on each novel and a series of appendices on various aspects of West’s work, including his handling of violence, his unpublished fiction, and revisions of his work. Includes notes and bibliography.