The day of the locust is a 1939 novel by american author nathanael west set in hollywood californiathe novel follows a young artist from the yale school of fine arts named tod hackett who has been hired by a hollywood studio to do scenic design and painting. Many critics consider the day of the locust by nathaniel west to be the best novel ever written about hollywood the screen version directed by john schlesinger and written by waldo salt is one of the most faithful adaptations of a book to film ever made. The day of the locust is a 1975 american drama film directed by john schlesinger and starring william atherton karen black donald sutherland and geraldine page the screenplay by waldo salt is based on the 1939 novel of the same title by nathanael west. The day of the locust is the celebrated 1939 novel about the great depression set in hollywood california its over arching themes dealing with the alienation and desperation of a broad group of odd individuals who exist at the fringes of the hollywood movie industry. The day of the locust is a novel by nathanael west that was first published in 1939
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