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Dos Passos: Artist as American

WAGNER, Linda W.

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ISBN 10: 0292740115 / ISBN 13: 9780292740112
Published by University of Texas Press, Austin, 1979
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Small 4to. Burgundy cloth with silver lettering, dust jacket. xxiv, 220pp. Fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewwear. A tight and handsome first edition -- and boldly inscribed and signed by the author in black ballpoint on front flyleaf: "For Joe, / First reader! / Thanks, Linda." Recipient "Joe" was Joseph J. Waldmeir (1923-2013), academic, author and literary critic -- and the author's first reader of this study before publication. He's first cited in her acknowledgments -- and even shows he read this published version, for his occasional margin squiggles and a few miniscule pencilled margin notes remain. Great association copy. Bookseller Inventory # 39720

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Title: Dos Passos: Artist as American

Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In most of his half century of writing, John Dos Passos consistently tried to capture and define the American character. The complete range of his work builds to Dos Passos' concept of "contemporary chronicle," his own name for his fiction. In this first study of all Dos Passos' writing, Linda W. Wagner examines his fiction, poetry, drama, travel essays, and history-a body of work that evokes a vivid image of America meant to be neither judgmental nor moralistic. From Manhattan Transfer to U. S. A. to District of Columbia to The Thirteenth Chronicle and Mid-century, Wagner illuminates Dos Passos' work with fresh readings and new interpretations. She makes extensive use of unpublished manuscript material so that this is a casebook of Dos Passos' interest in craft and method as well as a thematic study. In addition, this volume chronicles the years during which Dos Passos wrote-the immediate post-World War I period through the twenties and thirties and well into the fifties. This is an important book both in literary criticism and in American social history.

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