U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos

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The U.S.A. Trilogy is the major work of American writer John Dos Passos, comprising the novels The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919, also known as Nineteen Nineteen (1932), and The Big Money (1936). The three books were first published together as a one-volume edition in 1938, to which Dos Passos added the prologue labeled "U.S.A." The trilogy employs an experimental technique, incorporating four different narrative modes: fictional narratives telling the life stories of twelve fictional 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 an autobiographical stream of consciousness labeled Camera Eye. The trilogy covers the historical development of American society during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

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The 195th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 17th on The 16 Greatest Books of All Time (NYU Local)
  2. - 23rd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - 55th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  4. - 58th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  5. - 72nd on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  6. - The Dream of the Great American Novel (Book)
  7. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  8. - "Our Readable Century", The Best Books of the 20th Century (January Magazine)

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