John Dos Passos was a prominent American writer who published nearly fifty books over the course of the twentieth century. An alumnus of Harvard University who served as an ambulance driver in World War I and as a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Dos Passos wrote novels, histories, reportage, travelogues, editorials, plays, and poetry in a career that spanned seven decades and most of the globe. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters famously anointed as “the greatest writer of our time” by Jean-Paul Sartre, today Dos Passos is chiefly remembered as the author of innovative modernist novels such as Manhattan Transfer (1925) and the epic U.S.A. trilogy (1938).
John Roderigo Madison was born to Lucy Addison Sprigg Madison and John Randolph
Citation: Stratton, Matthew. "John Dos Passos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 December 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1291, accessed 30 November 2023.]