'My literary hero is John Dos Passos' - Adam Curtis (filmmaker) 'Wonderful and extraordinary' Robert McCrum, Observer 'No novelist in America has written more sombrely of the dangers to individual integrity in a centrally controlled society' Alfred Kazin The Penguin Modern Classics edition of John Dos Passos' U.S.A. is a groundbreaking work of experimental fiction which, with its unique melange of fact and fiction, creates a compelling, tragic vision of America at the dawn of the twentieth century. In this experimental trilogy, Dos Passos uses 'camera eye' and 'newsreel' sections to create a fragmented atmosphere. Through the testimony of numerous characters, both fictional and historical figures, he builds up a composite picture of American society in the first quarter of the 20th century. Richly detailed and throbbing with vitality, U.S.A. vividly evokes that uncertain period when America, so full of ideas and potential, was slowly and painfully abandoning the great American Dream. John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was born in Chicago, the son of an eminent lawyer. After graduating from Harvard he served in the US Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and dabbled in journalism before embarking on life as a writer. In 1925 he published Manhattan Transfer, his first experimental novel in what was to become his peculiar style - a mixture of fact and fiction. His began a series of panoramic epics of American life with the U.S.A. trilogy, using the same technique and tracing, through interwoven biographies, the story of America from the early twentieth century to the onset of the Great Depression in 1929.
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The biggest influence was a novel my father gave me to read at the age of about 13, U.S.A. by John Dos Passos. At that age, it just got me. You can trace back everything I do to that novel because it's all about the relationship between grand history and individual experience. And it's a collage with quotes from newsreels, cinema, and newspapers-a collage of history. That's where I get it all from. -- Adam Curtis (filmmaker)
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Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin (T), 1963. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0395076277
Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin (T). Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Dust jacket in good condition. Book club edition. Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Codice libro della libreria 818598144
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97803950762794.0
Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1960. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Reginald Marsh (illustratore). Usual ex-library markings. Dj is in an attached wrap. Red coloring on dj is heavily faded. Light wear. Very light soiling. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 4628
Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin (T). Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0395076277 1937 Harcourt Brace hard cover - the complete trilogy - signed and inscribed by Dos Passos 'for Sam Sloan a spring day in February New York - John Dos Passos' blue cloth with gold text - blue gold and tan dust jacket - wear to edges of dust jacket (now in mylar cover) minor wear to cover - minor staining to page edge - otherwise binding strong contents clean - this is a very nice collectible of an important American work - enjoy. Codice libro della libreria 3K-IUT7-2NPK