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The Great Days John Dos Passos

The Great Days By John Dos Passos

The Great Days by John Dos Passos


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The Great Days: A Novel by John Dos Passos

In this semi-autobiographical novel, an American named Roland Lancaster has a doomed affair with a younger woman, Elsa, in Cuba during World War II. The love story, in its happiest moments, parallels the idyllic life that author John Dos Passos had with his first wife, Katy.

The Great Days plots a key concern of the author's in the 1950s-America's rise to global prominence during World War II, and its loss of power in the years following the peace. In preparing the novel, Dos Passos studied James V. Forrestal, Secretary of Defense from 1947 to 1949. In his notes on the novel, he quotes Forrestal: to achieve accommodation between the power we now possess, our reluctance to use it positively, the realistic necessity for such use, and our national ideals.

The Great Days Reviews

Ingeniously constructed . . . with great ease. -James T. Farrell, author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy

About John Dos Passos

John Roderigo Dos Passos (1896-1970) was a writer, painter, and political activist. He wrote over forty books, including plays, poetry, novels, biographies, histories, and memoirs. He crafted over four hundred drawings, watercolors, and other artworks.

Dos Passos considered himself foremost a writer of contemporary chronicles. He preferred the moniker of chronicler because he was happiest working at the edge of fiction and nonfiction.

Both genres benefited from his mastery of observation-his camera eye-and his sense of historical context. Dos Passos sought to ground fiction in historic detail and working-class, realistic dialogue. He invented a multimedia format of songs, newsreels, biographies, third-person fictional narrative, and first-person semi-autobiographical narrative snapshots to convey the frenzy of America's industrialism and urbanism in the twentieth century. His most memorable fiction-Three Soldiers (1921), Manhattan Transfer (1925), and the U.S.A. trilogy (1938)-possesses the authority of history and the allure of myth. Likewise, he sought to vitalize nonfiction history and reportage with the colors, sounds, and smells documented on his journeys across the globe.

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NLS9781504015547
9781504015547
1504015541
The Great Days: A Novel by John Dos Passos
New
Paperback
Open Road Media
20150924
258
N/A
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