John Dos Passos: Travel Books and Other Writings 1916-1941: Rosinante to the Road Again, Orient Express, In All Countries, A Pushcart at the Curb, Letters, Diaries, and Essays

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John Dos Passos witnessed the modern era's defining events and distilled their literary essence into an innovative, trademark pastiche style: "something like a multimedia event" in book form, wrote The New Yorker. As an ambulance driver during World War I, as an eyewitness to the Spanish Civil War, Italian Fascism, Mexican social upheaval, and post-revolutionary shifts in Russia and Central Asia, and as a participant in protests in the United States, Dos Passos charted cataclysms and his evolving response to them...
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Overview

John Dos Passos witnessed the modern era's defining events and distilled their literary essence into an innovative, trademark pastiche style: "something like a multimedia event" in book form, wrote The New Yorker. As an ambulance driver during World War I, as an eyewitness to the Spanish Civil War, Italian Fascism, Mexican social upheaval, and post-revolutionary shifts in Russia and Central Asia, and as a participant in protests in the United States, Dos Passos charted cataclysms and his evolving response to them before the ink had dried in the history books. Now The Library of America restores to print his vibrant travel books-Rosinante to the Road Again (1922), Orient Express (1927), In All Countries (1934), and the Spanish Civil War material added to Journeys Between Wars (1938)-American classics Dos Passos wrote concurrently with his fictional masterpieces Three Soldiers, Manhattan Transfer (see opposite page), and U.S.A. Featured in this edition are full-color reproductions of Dos Passos' own remarkably vivid Orient Express watercolors.

This volume also restores to print the rare travel poems cycle A Pushcart at the Curb (1922); political and literary essays that dramatize his complicated relationship with communism; and a selection of early letters and diaries from World War I.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Dos Passos's second and third outings in the prestigious Library of America series offer a vast resource of his work. The Novels volume includes One Man's Initiation: 1917, Three Soldiers, and Manhattan Transfer. The second volume combines Rosinante to the Road Again, Orient Express, In All Countries, A Pushcart at the Curb, and more. The books also feature notes on the text, a chronology of the author's life, and the other standard extras of the series. Together, a huge dose of Dos. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082402
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Pages: 860
  • Sales rank: 997,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Rosinante to the Road Again 1
Orient Express 125
In All Countries 269
from Journeys Between Wars 431
A Pushcart at the Curb 489
Against American Literature 587
Is the "Realistic" Theatre Obsolete? 591
Paint the Revolution! 596
A City That Died by Heartfailure 600
Edison and Steinmetz: Medicine Men 605
Grosz Comes to America 610
Farewell to Europe! 618
The Death of Jose Robles 623
To a Liberal in Office 626
Letters and Diaries 1916-1920 633
Chronology 803
Notes on the Texts 821
Notes 827
Index 850
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