U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos

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.

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 New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)
  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)
  9. - The Dream of the Great American Novel (Book)
  10. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Big Money: Volume Three of the U.S.A. Trilogy Paperback 463388 $8.99 $2.05 2000
1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy Paperback 168100 $10.47 $2.11 2000
USA (The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money) Hardcover 280020 $30.01 $12.58 1996
1919 (USA) Mass Market Paperback 4261811 $46.52 $1.29 1969
1919 (Contemporanea) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4039122 $11.51 $6.95 2007
The Big Money Paperback 528924 $29.95 $2.75
The 42nd Parallel: Volume One of the U.S.A. Trilogy Paperback 78793 $3.50 $1.88 2000
The 42nd Parallel (USA) Mass Market Paperback 1562583 $10.00 $2.30 1983
The 42nd Parallel (The Modern library of the world's best books) Hardcover 2999206 $5.99
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A.) Audio CD 5966367 $55.36 $53.10 2010
Big Money Hardcover 3209312 $34.22 $62.80
The Big Money (U.S.A.) Audio CD 5723236 $34.44 $29.28 2010
1919 (USA) Mass Market Paperback 3196516 $48.95 $0.01 1969
1919 Hardcover 3621850 $132.94 $9.97
1919 (U.S.A.) Audio CD 7389321 $4.53 $10.99 2010
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A. Trilogy) Paperback 1263403 $4.69 $1.07 2000
The 42nd Parallel (USA) Mass Market Paperback 1496462 $99.88 $6.00 1969
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A.) Audio CD 2339513 $17.83 $22.11 2010
The Big Money (USA) Mass Market Paperback 1506619 $4.85 $1.75 1969
The Big Money: Volume Three of the U.S.A. Trilogy Paperback 1648434 $3.97 $1.63 2000
The Big Money (U.S.A.) Audio CD 2359320 $21.60 $19.99 2010
1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy Paperback 1582697 $4.73 $1.58 2000
1919 (U.S.A.) Audio CD 2638046 $17.83 $17.48 2010
1919 (USA) Mass Market Paperback 3017346 $201.54 $0.01 1969
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A.) Audio CD 7918758 $22.91 $22.83 2010
The Big Money (USA) Mass Market Paperback 2580155 $17.27 $0.01 1969
The Big Money Hardcover 6167720 $12.00
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A. Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition 137703 2013
U.S.a (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 2744545 $17.95 $14.74 2010
U. S. a. Hardcover 2546876 $73.63 $28.12
U.S.A. (Modern Classics) Paperback 2656662 $224.17 $1.95
U.S.A. A Dramatic Revue, Paperback 1357108 $54.50 $3.99 1960