John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos
1896 -1970

John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was an American novelist and poet. He was born in Chicago and grew up in a privileged family. He attended Harvard University and served in World War I as an ambulance driver. After the war, he traveled to Europe and became a part of the expatriate community of writers and artists.

Dos Passos began his literary career as a poet, but quickly transitioned to prose. His first novel, "One Man's Initiation: 1917," was published in 1920. This was followed by several more novels, including "Manhattan Transfer" (1925), "U.S.A." (1930-1936), and "District of Columbia" (1939).

Dos Passos was known for his experimental style and use of multiple narrative perspectives. His works often dealt with the themes of the individual's experience of history and the impact of social and economic changes on American society.

Throughout his life, Dos Passos was politically active, and his views evolved from liberal to socialist. He supported the Spanish Civil War and the anti-fascist cause. During World War II, he served as a war correspondent for the Office of War Information.

Dos Passos died in Baltimore in 1970. His works continue to be widely read and studied, and he is considered one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.

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