By John Dos Passos
Foreword via E. L. Doctorow.
With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos keeps his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on book of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but additionally for its groundbreaking type. back, making use of a number of experimental units that will encourage a complete new new release of writers to keep on with, Dos Passos captures the numerous textures, flavors, and history noises of contemporary existence with a cinematic contact and extraordinary nerve.
1919 opens to discover the United States and the area at conflict, and Dos Passos's characters, lots of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We persist with the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas woman, a tender poet, an intensive Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.
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1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) by John Dos Passos