Chapter 21. John Dos Passos

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Andrew Hook Fellow1 and
  2. David Seed Professor2

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch21

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Hook, A. and Seed, D. (2009) John Dos Passos, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch21

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Glasgow, UK

  2. 2

    University of Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • John Dos Passos - “greatest writer of our time”;
  • Dos Passos' first inkling of revolutionary changes in arts;
  • Manhattan Transfer (1925) - first truly modernist American novel;
  • reading Manhattan Transfer - as a kind of dry-run for U.S.A;
  • Dos Passos' portrayal of reality of American life;
  • Dos Passos' account of New York City - individual life diminished by surrounding urban reality;
  • Manhattan Transfer - making it impossible to separate character from setting;
  • Dos Passos running together - whole series of experimental techniques;
  • The “Biographies” written in style of a prose-poem;
  • “Camera Eye”, sections of trilogy connected with stream of consciousness

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading