Toward a Modernist Style: John Dos Passos

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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A new appraisal of Dos Passos's work and life, Toward a Modernist Style describes both the central currents in his early work, and his full participation in literary modernism, culminating in his U.S.A. trilogy, as well as the relationship of these currents to those of an especially vibrant period in American expression.

Donald Pizer charts the evolution of Dos Passos's artistic sensibility from its largely conventional expression at the start of the 1920s to the radical formal experimentation of U.S.A. at its close. He places this development in Dos Passos's writing in the context of contemporary ideas about art and society. Pizer also looks at the important roles that Dos Passos's expatriation and his relationship with Ernest Hemingway played in his work as well as his efforts as a painter and their relationship to his literary art.

Toward a Modernist Style is both an incisive guide to a major American modernist as well as an exploration of the wider currents that created literary modernism in the early twentieth century.

Author Biography

Donald Pizer is the Pierce Butler Professor of English Emeritus at Tulane University, USA. He is the editor of 11 books, including The Novels of Theodore Dreiser: A Critical Study (1976), Dos Passos' U.S.A.: A Critical Study (1988), and American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment: Modernism and Place (1996) and the editor of 22 books, including Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos, edited with an introduction, a Signet Classic (1997). His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship (University of Hamburg) and a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Editorial Note and Acknowledgments

The Early 1920s: Constructing a Style

Introduction to Three Soldiers
Rosinante to the Road Again and the Modernist Expatriate Imagination
John Dos Passos in the 1920s: The Development of a Modernist Style

U.S.A.: The Style Perfected

The Camera Eye in U.S.A.: The Sexual Center
The Big
The Sexual Geography of Expatriate Paris
The 1920s and Beyond: Friendships and Art
The Hemingway-Dos Passos Relationship
The Paintings of John Dos Passos


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