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General Information

Name:  John Dos Passos  

Pen Name: None


Born: January 14, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: September 28, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland

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John Dos Passos was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist. He was also a correspondent for ''Life Magazine'' in 1945 and 1948. Over his long and successful career, Dos Passos wrote forty-two novels, as well as poems, essays, and plays, and created more than 400 pieces of art.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Manhattan transfer /
ISBN: 0618381864. OCLC Number:

R. Bentley,. Cambridge, Mass. :. 1980, ©1953.

U.S.A. /
ISBN: 1883011140. OCLC Number:

Library of America :. New York :. ©1996.

Unique among American novels for its epic scope and panoramic social sweep, John Dos Passos' U.S.A. has long been acknowledged as a monument of modern fiction. In the novels that make up the trilogy -- The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936) -- Dos Passos creates a collective portrait of America in the first three decades of the 20th century, shot through with sardonic comedy and social observation. He interweaves the careers of his characters and the events of their time with a narrative verve and technical skill that make U.S.A. among the most compulsively readable of modern classics. In his prologue, Dos Passos writes: "U.S.A. is the slice of a continent. U.S.A. is a group of holding companies, some aggregations of trade unions, a set of laws bound in calf, a radio network, a chain of moving picture theatres, a column of stock quotations rubbed out and written in by a Western Union boy on a blackboard, a public library full of old newspapers and dogeared history books with protests scrawled on the margins in pencil ... But mostly U.S.A. is the speech of the people." The trilogy is filled with American speech: labor radicals and advertising executives, sailors and stenographers, interior decorators and movie stars. This edition also contains newly researched chronologies of Dos Passos' life and of world events cited in U.S.A., notes, and an essay on textual selection.

U.S.A. /
ISBN: 0618056815. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1963 [©1960]

This is a classic portrait of a whole American generation, which fought the first of the century's wars to achieve the illusion of the 20's and experience the disillusion of the 30's.

1919 /
ISBN: 0618056823. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2000.

Contains American author John Dos Passo's epic "U.S.A." trilogy which provides a collective portrait of America following dozens of characters from the Spanish-American War to the beginning of the Depression.

The big money /
ISBN: 0618056831. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston, MA :. 2000.

THE BIG MONEY completes John Dos Passos's three-volume "fable of America's materialistic success and moral decline" (American Heritage) and marks the end of "one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever undertaken" (Time). Here we come back to America after the war and find a nation on the upswing. Industrialism booms. The stock market surges. Lindbergh takes his solo flight. Henry Ford makes automobiles. From New York to Hollywood, love affairs to business deals, it is a country taking the turns too fast, speeding toward the crash of 1929.