Before he began the U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos prefigured his groundbreaking epic through three novels that provide a fascinating glimpse into his stunning achievement as an avant-garde prose stylist while they incisively chronicle early twentieth century Europe and America. Manhattan Transfer (1925), a kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City, is universally acknowledged as a modernist masterpiece. This lyrical, exuberantly experimental novel orchestrates the rising and falling fortunes of more than a dozen characters: Wall Street speculators, theatrical celebrities, impoverished immigrants, bootleggers, and anarchist rebels move through a maze of tenements and skyscrapers. The impressionistic One Man's Initiation: 1917 (1920) draws upon Dos Passos' experiences driving ambulances in France to portray the fear, uncertainty, and camaraderie of war. This Library of America edition includes passages censored by the book's original publisher. Three Soldiers (1921), here with the author's own introduction, delves deeply into the spiritual toll of war, dramatizing American servicemen fighting in battle, struggling against dehumanizing military regimentation, and experiencing the chaotic pleasures of Paris.
Along with its companion volumes Travel Books and Other Writings (see opposite page) and U.S.A. (Library of America, 1996), Novels 1920-1925 enriches our understanding of Dos Passos as a writer, thinker, and witness to history.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Townsend Ludington, editor, is Boshamer Professor of English and American Studies at the Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, author of John Dos Passos: A Twentieth Century Odyssey, and editor of The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of Dos Passos.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Library of America, U.S.A., 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. 8 x 5. New copy in slipcase. ***We ship daily. Our books are carefully described and packaged in boxes (not envelopes). A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request.***. Bookseller Inventory # 626448
Book Description Library of America, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1931082391
Book Description Library of America, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1931082391
Book Description Library of America, 2003. Cloth. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Library of America; First Printing. New 2003 stated first printing, Library of America edition cloth hardcover and dust jacket in excellent condition. Protective mylar cover. ; The Library of America; 1.2 x 8.1 x 5.3 Inches; 879 pages; Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 13373
Book Description Library of America. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1931082391 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1.016981
Book Description The Library of America, 2003. Book Condition: New. Hardcover, dust jacket, Brand new, 879pp. Bookseller Inventory # a29614
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 1931082391BNA
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97819310823961.0
Book Description Library of America. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1931082391 Ships fast! Ships same day or next. **NEW** Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! z81. Bookseller Inventory # 1931082391_N
Book Description Library of America, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111931082391