With 1919, the second volume of his USA trilogy, John Dos
Passos continues his rich look at twentieth-century America, lauded on publication of the
first volume not only for its scope but also for its groundbreaking
style. Again, employing a host of experimental devices that would
inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures
the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a
cinematic touch and unparalleled nerve.
1919 opens to
find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos’ characters, many of
whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl. We follow
the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas girl, a young
poet, and a radical Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore
Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier. Download and start listening now!