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One Man's Initiation John Dos Passos

One Man's Initiation By John Dos Passos

One Man's Initiation by John Dos Passos


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One Man's Initiation: 1917 by John Dos Passos

Based on the author's first-hand experience as an ambulance driver during World War I, this first novel is noteworthy for its vivid and colorful portrait of France at that time and for its passionate indictment of war. The author's disillusionment with war, for a time, turned him toward socialism and against capitalism. Finally, after being labeled pro-German and pacifist, Dos Passos concluded that the quasi-religion of Marxism was far more brutal than poor old Capitalism ever dreamed of. Reprinted from the unexpurgated original edition published by Cornell University Press in 1969.

One Man's Initiation Reviews

Few reviewers and readers took note of 'One Man's Initiation, 1917' upon its initial appearance, but Dos Passos's personal tale of the carnage of war and his own survival as a volunteer ambulance driver over the battlefields of France and Italy in 1917speaks vividly to readers of the 21st century 'lest we forget.'> -- Virginia Spencer Carr, biographer of Dos Passos, A Life, Paul Bowles: A Life, The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers, and Under
I think Dos Passos came closer than any of us to writing the great American novel. 'One Man's Initiation: 1917' is one the exciting precursors. -- Norman Mailer
I think Dos Passos came closer than any of us to writing the great American novel. 'One Man's Initiation: 1917' is one the exciting precursors. -- Norman Mailer
Few reviewers and readers took note of 'One Man's Initiation, 1917' upon its initial appearance, but Dos Passos's personal tale of the carnage of war and his own survival as a volunteer ambulance driver over the battlefields of France and Italy in 1917 speaks vividly to readers of the 21st century 'lest we forget.' -- Virginia Spencer Carr, biographer of Dos Passos, A Life, Paul Bowles: A Life, The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers, and Under

About John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos (1896-1970), after graduating from Harvard in 1916, became an ambulance driver on the Western Front; which he would later use as a backdrop for his first two novels: One Man's Initiation: 1917 (1920) and Three Soldiers (1921). Dos Passos published the technically innovative U.S.A. trilogy, which consists of the novels The 42nd Parallel (1929), 1919 (1931), and The Big Money (1936). The U.S.A. trilogy confirmed Dos Passos's position in the American literary canon. Edmund Wilson hailed Dos Passos on the publication of U.S.A. trilogy as The first of our writers-with the possible exception of Mark Twain-who has successfully used colloquial American for a novel of the highest artistic seriousness.

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NLS9780819153609
9780819153609
0819153605
One Man's Initiation: 1917 by John Dos Passos
New
Paperback
University Press of America
1986-06-15
146
N/A
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