Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein was born in 1903. He graduated from Brown University in 1924 and then lived in Paris for a few years, where he wrote The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931). On his return to New York he managed a residential hotel and was associate editor, with William Carlos Williams, of the magazine Contact. Miss Lonelyhearts appeared in 1933. A Cool Million in 1934 and The Day of the Locust in 1939. He worked on film scripts in Hollywood for the last five years of his life. He and his wife were tragically killed in a car accident in 1940.