1919: The U.S.A. Trilogy, Volume 2

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With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope, but also for its groundbreaking style. Again, employing a host of experimental devices that would inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a cinematic touch and ...

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1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy

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Overview

With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope, but also for its groundbreaking style. Again, employing a host of experimental devices that would inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a cinematic touch and unparalleled nerve.

1919 opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos's characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl. We follow the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas girl, a young poet, a radical Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.

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"The single greatest novel any of us have written, yes, in this country in the last one hundred years."—Norman Mailer
John Chamberlain
1919 is primarily a 'news' novel. It is a satire on expansionist, 'on the make,' raffish and vulgar America. It is also true characterization. It is able to stick close to the headlines of the newspapaers as it does because its characters, after the manner of so many Americans, live in and by the news. . . . Mr. Dos Passos has quintessentialized and distilled, compressed and foreshortened, until he is able to give the overtones of common chatter without resorting to a dreary literalism. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, March 1932
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618056828
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: U.S.A. Trilogy , #2
  • Edition description: 1ST MARINE
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 238,257
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dos Passos (1896-1970), a member of the Lost Generation, was the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including THREE SOLDIERS and MANHATTAN TRANSFER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Feelings on 1919

    I had a hard time with this book. Initially, it was a required reading for a college class. I think that Dos Passos did a good job conveying the hardships during this time, but the Camera Eye and Newsreel were rather confusing. I enjoyed the character of Daughter the most. Overall, I wasn't enthralled with this book.

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