First Edition of John Dos Passos' Manhattan Transfer; in the rare original dust jacket
Dos Passos, John.$2,500.00
Item Number: 95815
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1925.
First edition of Dos Passos’ “novel of the very first importance…the dawn of a whole new school of writing” (Sinclair Lewis). Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with chips to the extremities. Scarce in the original dust jacket.
Focusing on the development of Urban Life in New York City from the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, De Passos' Manhattan Transfer is considered one of his most important works and bears frequent comparison to to the experiments with film collage by Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. Through a series of overlapping individual narratives, the book attacks the consumerism and social indifference of contemporary urban life, portraying a Manhattan that is merciless yet teeming with energy and restlessness.