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).
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Stratton, Matthew. "John Dos Passos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 December 2010
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