John Dos Passos Biography

Author, Journalist (1896–1970)
John Dos Passos was a major novelist of the postwar “lost generation.” His U.S.A. book trilogy includes The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money.


John Dos Passos was born January 14, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. His wartime service as an ambulance driver and later work as a journalist led him to see the America as “two nations,” one for the rich and one for the poor. His reputation as social historian, radical critic of American life, and major novelist of the postwar “lost generation” rests primarily on his powerful U.S.A. trilogy.

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