U.S.A.: A. The 42nd Parallel; B. Nineteen Nineteen; C. The Big Money

U.S.A.: A. The 42nd Parallel; B. Nineteen Nineteen; C. The Big Money

U.S.A.: A. The 42nd Parallel; B. Nineteen Nineteen; C. The Big Money

U.S.A.: A. The 42nd Parallel; B. Nineteen Nineteen; C. The Big Money

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By far the most ambitious undertaking of John Dos Passos' career as a writer is the trilogy, U.S.A. The three novels, The 42nd Parallel, Nineteen Nineteen and The Big Money, are brought together in one volume, thus fulfilling the author's original intention of making these three panels an integrated literary pattern of contemporary American life.

Born in Chicago, John Dos Passos received his early education there and was graduated from Harvard University cum laude in 1916. Immediately afterward he served with the Harjes, the Red Cross and the U.S.A. Ambulance Services during the World War. His novel, Three Soldiers, issued in 1921 (Modern Library No. 205), remains today one of the few war books to survive as living literature. Since its appearance, each new work of fiction has advanced John Dos Passos' development, and today he is acknowledgedly one of the world's foremost novelists. As a participant in the American social struggle, notably as a champion of Sacco and Vanzetti, Dos Passos' record is quite as distinguished as is his achievement in the role of social commentator and novelist.

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