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West was finally starting to enjoy financial stability as a Hollywood screenwriter when he died in the California desert. A notoriously bad driver, he was racing back from a vacation in Mexico with his young bride of eight months when he crashed at full speed into another car. He was dead at the age of 37.
For this book, the first biography on West alone in over 40 years, Joe Woodward combed the archives at The Huntington Library and the John Hay Library at Brown University. At both he had access to personal letters, photographs, unpublished manuscripts and corrected typescripts as well as seldom-heard taped interviews with S. J. Perelman, Dalton Trumbo, Matthew Josephson, and others.
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By Clark Dimond on 11-14-16
Sometimes the reader, totally unfamiliar with the subject matter, mispronounces proper names, sometimes his reading is as flat as an automaton, occasionally he substitutes his own word for the printed text. Why wasn't this edited or produced? The text is a bare-boned outline of a biography. Mediocre.