Travel Books and Other Writings, 1916-1941

Travel Books and Other Writings 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 N

  • Title: Travel Books and Other Writings, 1916-1941
  • Author: John Dos Passos Townsend Ludington
  • ISBN: 9781931082402
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 iJohn 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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    • Rick says:

      This Library of America edition collects the early travel writings of American novelist John Dos Passos, plus some early letters and journal entries (1916-1920) and some uncollected essays. The travel essays and some of the political essays are the real pleasure here, while a volume of poems (A Pushcart at the Curb) is the weakest section of this 800 page anthology. Dos Passos was a thoughtful observer and an intrepid traveler—it’s worth the reading just to see parts of the world (rural Spai [...]

    • Christopher Sutch says:

      While I admire much of Dos Passos's early fiction, I was greatly disappointed in this compilation. There are some very good essays here, particularly his travel essays from Spain during the Civil War. Of the travel books included here, the first two show the marks of a writer who is still uncertain of his craft. _Rosinante to the Road Again_ is a bit naive and flowery, while _Orient Express_ begins well (what if a stylistically innovative modernist set out to write a travel book? Very interestin [...]

    • Linda says:

      Luscious prose, vivid descriptions, fascinating characters and thought-provoking circumstances. All this and it's true.I have read Dos Passos's America Trilogy but was unacquainted with any of his other works. I came to them through the book Hotel Florida, concerning journalists covering the Spanish Civil War. The picture of Dos Passos that Hemingway paints is very negative - and I must mention that I do not like Hemingway as a writer nor, the more I learn about him, is he a man I would like to [...]

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