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The Audacity of American Letters: 1916

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Reading a bit of Virginia Spencer Carr’s bio of John Dos Passos for a writing gig. She writes that in 1916, Harvard did not yet have a single course in American literature. Nor did any university except Princeton. That’s a remarkable thing. That truly explains the mind of a Lost Generation writer. Hemingway, Dos Passos,… Read more »

Dos Who? — An Editorial by Prof. Aaron Shaheen

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  Dos Who? When one thinks of the American modernist pantheon—and who doesn’t at least three times daily?—I suspect the usual names rise to the fore: Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and T. S. Eliot. For reasons not always so clear, the name that is often either left off this list,… Read more »

Dos Passos in The Washington Post

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Coming of age in the Washington DC area, learning how to write and finding my way as a writer, I’ve long loved The Washington Post. It represents Woodward and Bernstein. It represents truth. The First Amendment. The end of the Nixon era. I’m delighted to see Gary Krist’s review of James McGrath Morris’ Hemingway-Dos Passos… Read more »

Dos Passos-savvy

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I’ve been doing so much JDP legacy work lately I was inspired to write a poem about it: Dos Passos-savvy   When I was a boy I knew books; they showed sharks, rays, barracudas, saw-jawed megalodons, Tyrannosaurus rex, Fujita scale tornadic intensity, cirrus, cumulocirrus, cumulonimbus clouds, Hercules holding up the world, no tears, no help…. Read more »

Dos Passos in The Economist

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Congratulations to author James McGrath Morris for this fine review of his new Dos Passos-Hemingway book in The Economist. A career achievement indeed!

The Loyalty of John Dos Passos

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  The Loyalty of John Dos Passos (For the upcoming John Dos Passos Society Newsletter) The 2016 2nd biennial John Dos Passos Society conference in Madrid brought me to joyful tears. My first trip to Madrid in 2014 gave me the chance to participate in Sonia Tercero Ramiro’s wonderful documentary on the Robles-Dos Passos story,… Read more »

Dos Passos in The Daily Beast

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Biographer James McGrath Morris, author of the new book The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War, pens a wonderful guest piece in The Daily Beast. It’s a concise contrast of the two authors’ visions for art and authorship. A selection: To Hemingway and Dos Passos, the war had… Read more »

The Ambulance Drivers – Santa Fe New Mexican

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Another review to share for James McGrath Morris’ The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War. This time in The Santa Fe New Mexican. A selection from the review: “Unlike Dos Passos, Hemingway had no interest in pondering [war’s] causes, worrying about its conduct, or even being bothered by… Read more »

Trailer for The Ambulance Drivers

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Enjoy the trailer for James McGrath Morris’ new book exploring the Hemingway-Dos Passos friendship. Morris delivers the narration in a fabulous radio voice and the pictures bring the era alive! The book releases Tuesday! You can pre-order now via Amazon.

Press for The Ambulance Drivers

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With the book release just a week away, press coverage is revving up for The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War by talented biographer James McGrath Morris. The New York Post has a piece on it today. “The world was shattered, and Hemingway and Dos Passos explicitly felt… Read more »

Kim Stanley Robinson

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I think I’ve seen John Dos Passos mentioned as an influence on author Kim Stanley Robinson before. Here is a reference in a Sacramento magazine. I’ll have to discover Robinson’s work!

Esquire’s Debut and Dos Passos

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John Dos Passos, along with Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Auslander, Ring Lardner Jr, and Dashiell Hammett, contributed to the debut issue of Esquire magazine in 1933. In those days, novelists could really make a buck with magazine work. There was a path to solvency and even profit. Much harder today to get regular magazine gigs.

John Dos Passos Birthday – Jan 14

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Happy Birthday, grandfather! This is a fine occasion to spread word about James McGrath Morris” forthcoming book on the Dos Passos-Hemingway friendship. The adventure arrives March 28, 2017!

John Dos Passos Society Call for Papers: 2017 ALA

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The John Dos Passos Society invites proposals for two sessions scheduled at the American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference, which will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 20, 2017. For further information, please consult the ALA… Read more »

On Politics

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I was reading today and came across one of the punchiest ever quotes from Dos Passos. It’s found in The Fourteenth Chronicle, his poorly known but pristine collection of letters. “You think the ends justify the means and I think that all you have in politics is means; ends are always illusionary.” – John Dos… Read more »

TAP, Portugal’s leading airline, names plane after John Dos Passos

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Great news to share! TAP, Portugal’s “national flag carrier,” established in 1945, designates all aircraft in its fleet after prestigious Portuguese personalities, such as writers, historians, and navigators. It has decided to name a new Airbus A330 after John Dos Passos, in recognition of his contribution to art and culture.    Here are 3 articles… Read more »

Madrid Conference Recap

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga–where the John Dos Passos Society was founded–published a brief recap of the successful Madrid conference earlier this summer.

John Dos Passos Society Update

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Congratulations to David Murad, the new president of the John Dos Passos Society. I’m confident in his leadership of this special group. To donate to the Society and support its mission, follow the LINK. The Society is a wonderful forum for students of all countries to find fellowship, to learn, and to think.