First Edition of John Dos Passos' Nineteen-Nineteen
Dos Passos, John.$975.00
Item Number: 90402
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932.
First edition of the second novel in the author’s U.S.A. trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Advance review copy with the publisher’s advance copy slip laid in dated March 10th 1932. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Comprising the novels The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money, Dos Passos' U.S.A. trilogy weaves together the life stories of twelve characters through four distinct narrative modes incorporating fragments of stream of consciousness writing, song lyrics, and newspaper clippings. The fragmented narrative style of the trilogy later influenced the work of both British science-fiction novelist John Brunner and existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. To Sinclair Lewis, John Dos Passos was “the father of humanized and living fiction-not merely for America but for the world.” For Norman Mailer, Dos Passos’ “trilogy on America came as close to the Great American novel as anyone,” and Malcolm Cowley hailed this remarkable epic as “the most important and the best of the many American novels written in the naturalistic tradition… a powerful and personal vision” (New York Times).