Nathanael West's front-page ending
In Sunday's Times Wendy Smith reviews a book about the lives and brief marriage of Nathanael West, author of "The Day of the Locust," and Eileen McKenney, the heroine of "My Sister Eileen," which was turned into a Broadway play that opened just a few days after the couple were killed in a 1940 car accident.
The crash was big news in at least one edition of The Times, which headlined its front-page story "Scenario Writer and Wife Killed in Auto Collision."
The actual story is a rather run-of-the-mill account of more than one traffic incident.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Nathanael West in an undated photo.