Hemingway and Dos Passos

The third volume of the new series of Hemingway’s collected letters is out, containing letters to John Dos Passos. I love reading the letters grandfather wrote to Hem. The letters JDP wrote to my Mom are my favorite.

Q and A: Victoria Bryan

The John Dos Passos Society, the American academic society devoted to study of his work, is busy preparing for its 2nd biennial conference, to be held in Madrid, Spain in June 2016. I talked recently to the current president of the Society, Victoria Bryan, about what this conference means for the Dos Passos legacy. Thanks… Read more »

Celebrating The Best Times

Dr. Miguel Oliveira of Portugal is one of the finest Dos Passos scholars working today. His commitment to the legacy is remarkable. Today he contributes his thoughts on The Best Times (1966), Dos Passos’ memoirs. The memoirs were recently given new life thanks to Open Road Media. Open Road did a terrific job renewing the… Read more »

2nd Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference

The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its second biennial conference, June 2-4, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. Any topic relative to Dos Passos is welcome. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to jdpsociety@gmail.com by January 15th, 2016. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. The conference will… Read more »

My New Website

My literary website is here! Nowadays every writer has to tweet and hum and chirp on all frequencies to make a dime. Thanks to my grandfather whose sublime landscape of Palma de Mallorca graces my homepage. I’m following a wonderful wordsmithing tradition!

Alice Beja Publishes New Book on Dos Passos

French scholar Alice Béja has published a new book on my grandfather, Des Mots Pour Se Battre. Wonderful to see new JDP-related publishing! France was always a special place for my grandfather. I think it’s accurate to say that his knowledge of French was just a few shades below his English. And his culinary appetite… Read more »

The Best Times Return

The e-book format for The Best Times by John Dos Passos is here! Revitalizing this title has long been a goal of mine for the legacy. Down the road, I would love to see a major publisher re-release the title in hard copy with a new introduction. I think of a few wonderful JDP scholars… Read more »

Huffington Post

Friend and filmmaker Sonia Tercero Ramiro has written a wonderful entry in Spain’s Huffington Post. Sonia is director and producer of Robles, Duelo al Sol, the new Spanish documentary on John Dos Passos, Robles, and the Spanish Civil War. I am so proud to be a part of this project. I miss Spain. The exuberant… Read more »

The 33rd Annual John Dos Passos Prize

On Friday, I attended the awards ceremony for the 2014 John Dos Passos Prize at Longwood University. It was the first time I had ever attended the ceremony and it paid off handsomely. I met the faculty organizer of the program, David Magill, as well as the sponsor of the $2,000 prize, Sharon Coulter. Above… Read more »

The Best Times: New E-Book Edition

John Dos Passos’ THE BEST TIMES, his memoir, is now available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. I’m so happy! My mother and I have worked so hard to bring this title back from near-extinction. We chose the painting and Open Road Integrated Media designed the rest of the cover. I think it’s delightful. Order now!… Read more »

The Music of the Novels

The audiophile that I am, I’ve often wondered what music might accompany the novels of John Dos Passos. What music mirrors and complements the themes of his books? What music creates similar worlds? I think this is especially significant when contemplating the USA trilogy and Manhattan Transfer. Rhythm, pacing are so important to those works…. Read more »

Plans for a Reading Marathon

It’s been some time since I read any of my grandfather’s books. I’d like to start a reading marathon soon that will finally introduce me to titles like THE GREAT DAYS and TOUR OF DUTY in full. For this journey, I plan to take detailed notes on strong quotations from the text. I want to… Read more »

Dos Passos and Galeano

An interesting connection in today’s Wall Street Journal between John Dos Passos and the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano…Galeano died today. Galeano’s Memory of Fire is compared thematically and structurally to the works of Dos Passos.

Cover Art for New E-Books

I’ve just seen the draft cover art for three new John Dos Passos e-books, Adventures of a Young Man, The Grand Design, and The Great Days. It’s terrific. I will be very proud to share these products when they are released. Stay tuned!

JDP on AMC Tonight

Tonight’s episode of Mad Men on AMC, at 10PM EST, features a prominent reference to John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. trilogy. Recent sales numbers indicate that many readers only pick up The 42nd Parallel and fail to take in the full trilogy. This is a shame. Library of America has a handsome all-in-one book for sale…. Read more »

Official JDP News Twitter Account

I have established a Twitter account for the Official John Dos Passos literary estate. John DP Coggin@DosPassoslegacy. This feed will feature all the latest developments in JDP legacy press. Just like this blog and my LinkedIn and Facebook pages. There will be a lot of cross-posting. In the future, I will probably establish a different… Read more »

Entertainment Weekly on Dos Passos and Mad Men

Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen adds to the growing talk about a John Dos Passos reference in new Mad Men: Meanwhile, privileged, fuzzy-headed Don meets a poor, beaten-down waitress, Diana (Elizabeth Reaser), whom he thinks he knows but can’t quite place, who taps his haunt and hunger. Recklessly chasing enlightenment threatens to further degrade them both…. Read more »

Spring News Bulletin

1) A new documentary, produced in Spain by Sonia Tercero Ramiro’s Time Zone Productions, discusses the Spanish Civil War’s impact on John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, and José Robles. Robles, Duelo al Sol, will premiere in Spain on the 22nd of April in Malaga–as part of the Magala Spanish Film Festival. The film will likely… Read more »

Dos Passos on Mad Men

John Dos Passos is to be mentioned in a forthcoming April 5 episode of the hit AMC show Mad Men. How appropriate–since my grandfather was so devoted to critiquing the rise of American PR man. The full-time PR man was a new creature in American capitalism when U.S.A was written. It had never really been… Read more »