Then we come to John Dos Passos’s entry in the race, a series of three novels originally published separately — The 42nd Parallel (). If The 42nd Parallel, the first novel in John Dos Passos’ formerly revered, now oft- forgotten trilogy U.S.A. lacks the psychological, nuanced. The 42nd Parallel is the first volume of Dos Passos’ famous U.S.A. Trilogy. This is structurally one of the most challenging of forms. It is the story of the U.S.A.

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The books were first published together in a volume titled U.

The trilogy employs an experimental technique, incorporating four narrative modes, fictional narratives telling the life stories of twelve characters, collages of newspaper clippings and song lyrics labeled “Newsreel”, individually labeled short biographies of public figures of the time such as Woodrow Wilson and Henry Ford and fragments of autobiographical stream of consciousness writing labeled “Camera Eye”.

The trilogy covers the historical development of American society during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Inthe Modern Library ranked U. The separation between these narrative modes is rather a stylistic than a thematic one. Some critics have pointed out connections between the fictional character Mary French in The Big Money and journalist Mary Heaton Vorsecalling into question the strict separation between fictional characters parlalel biographies.


Coherent quotes from newspaper articles are often woven into the biographies as passow, calling into question the strict separation between them and the “Newsreel” sections.

Book review — By John Dos Pasos — THE 42ND PARALLEL

The fragmented narrative style of the trilogy later influenced the work of British science-fiction novelist John Brunner. Dos Passos portrays the everyday situations of the characters before, during, and after World War I, with special attention sos the social and economic forces that drive them.

Those characters who pursue “the big money” without scruple succeed, but are dehumanized by success. Others are destroyed, crushed by capitalism, and ground underfoot. Dos Passos does not show much sympathy for upwardly mobile characters who succeed, but is always sympathetic to the down and out victims of capitalist society.

He explores the difficulty faced by winners and losers alike when trying to make a stable living for themselves as well as wanting to settle down in some means.

The novel has been adapted a number of times, for purposes such as radio and stage production. Paul Shyre created a “dramatic revue”, working together with Dos Passos.

In his contemporary commentary on The 42nd Parallel andMichael Gold noted their qualities as extensions of Dos Passos’ techniques in his earlier novel Manhattan Transferand described these novels as “one of the first collective novels”. Janet Galligani Casey has analysed Dos Passos’ treatment and development of the growth of his female characters in the trilogy.


The 42nd Parallel – John Dos Passos

Dos Passos had added a prologue with the title “U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 September Recovering the Dialectic of History”. The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.

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