Nathanael West’s 1933 novel about a male newspaper columnist writing relationship advice as the anonymous “Miss Lonelyhearts” served as the jumping off point for Seth Bockley’s play Ask Aunt Susan, which took over the Owen stage in 2014. The play takes the book’s premise and brings it into the internet age with “Aunt Susan” becoming an online advice guru for the lovelorn.
"Miss Lonelyhearts" is Nathanael West's second novel. He began writing it early in 1930 and completed the manuscript in November of 1932. Published in 1933, it is an Expressionist black comedy set in New York City during the Great Depression.