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John Dos Passos : a twentieth century odyssey

Author: Townsend Ludington
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This authorized biography of John Dos Passos is both important and highly engaging -- important because it provides a portrait-in-action of one of the ablest American writers of this century, searching critiques of all his works, and straightforward analyses of the complex political and social backgrounds out of which they grew; and engaging because of this shy, modest, friendly, endearing, and indefatigable man  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ludington, Townsend, 1936-
John Dos Passos.
New York : Dutton, ©1980
(OCoLC)568160750
Named Person: John Dos Passos; Dos Passos; Dos Passos; John Dos Passos; John Dos Passos; John Dos Passos
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Townsend Ludington
ISBN: 0525224750 9780525224754
OCLC Number: 6734783
Description: xx, 568 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Special acknowledgments and a word about the text --
Part 1 : A hotel childhood, 1896-1912. Birth and parentage --
Early education, 1898-1911 --
Westmoreland, Virginia, and the grand tour, 1911-1912 --
Part 2 : Harvard and Spain, 1912-1917. Harvard : the first years, 1912-1915 --
Senior year, 1915-1916 --
A summer of writing, 1916 --
Spain, 1916-1917 --
Part 3 : The Great War and after, 1917-1920. Home to America, Spring 1917 --
The war in France, 1917 --
Paris and Italy, 1917-1918 --
America and France again, 1918-1919 --
Literary wanderings in Europe, 1919-1920 --
Part 4 : The Jazz Age, 1920-1929. New York, Europe, and the Near East, 1920-1922 --
The literary life : New York and Paris, 1922-1924 --
Literary experimentalism, travel as always, and politics, 1924-1926 --
Arrival at the political left, 1926-1928 --
Russia and marriage, 1928-1929 --
Part 5 : The Great Depression, 1930-1936. America's leading proletarian writer, 1930-1931 --
Political ambivalence, 1932 --
A Spanish summer, 1933 --
Key West, Hollywood, and political disagreements, 1934 --
Politics and The Big Money, 1935-1936 --
Part 6 : Departure from the left, 1937-1941. Crisis in Spain, 1937 --
Farewell to Europe, 1937-1939 --
A new ground to stand on, 1940-1941 --
Part 7 : Years of war and grief, 1941-1947. World War II : the domestic scene, 1941-1944 --
World War II : the domestic scene, 1941-1944 --
World War II : the Pacific and the wreckage of Europe, 1944-1945 --
My sweet my lost love, 1946-1947 --
Part 8 : A new life, 1948-1960. Travels to new lands and marriage, 1948-1949 --
Virginia, the chosen country, 1949-1950 --
A question of loyalties, 1951-1956 --
New ventures and reflections on past defeats, 1956-1960 --
Part 9 : Century's ebb, 1960-1970. Midcentury and embracing the Republican right, 1960-1962 --
An unflagging desire to write, 1963-1967 --
The last years, 1967-1970 --
A last forlorn chronicle of despair --
Notes and sources.
Responsibility: Townsend Ludington.

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This authorized biography of John Dos Passos is both important and highly engaging -- important because it provides a portrait-in-action of one of the ablest American writers of this century, searching critiques of all his works, and straightforward analyses of the complex political and social backgrounds out of which they grew; and engaging because of this shy, modest, friendly, endearing, and indefatigable man whose sterling character springs out of every page. - Carlos Baker, on back of jacket.

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