It isn’t as handsome or comprehensive as Clemson University Press’s new annotated Manhattan Transfer, but an annotated edition of John Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers does exist in the form of the 1997 Penguin edition with introduction by Dos Passos biographer Townsend Ludington. It has historical notes and translations in the back matter. Three Soldiers has… Read more »
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I’ve started digging into Donald Pizer’s new annotated version of Manhattan Transfer and it’s awesome. Here is a very helpful note on page 3 that explains the context of the title: “During this period, [1896 to 1904] rail passengers wishing to cross the Hudson River from New Jersey to Manhattan left the train at the… Read more »
An extraordinary piece of film modernization–check out this footage of New York City in 1911, originally shot by a Swedish film crew. It’s been adjusted in various ways to give a modern feel. Beyond the general historical value, it provides a deep sensory experience of the time period covered by John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer… Read more »
4th Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference: October 8-10, 2020 Instituto Cervantes, New York City Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020 Graduate students wishing to be considered for supplemental travel funding must submit a 1500-word draft by June 30, 2020 The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its Fourth Biennial Conference, to be held… Read more »
As a lover of film music, I often think of what sort of orchestral score should accompany a potential film or TV adaptation of John Dos Passos stories. I’m a big fan of legendary Hollywood film composer Jerry Goldsmith and I think one of this themes from the film City Hall (1996), “The Bridge,” is… Read more »
Intriguing new article in The Guardian about the “sound art” of Manhattan Transfer and parallels between Dos Passos and composer Edgar Varèse. “The writer John Dos Passos and composer Edgard Varèse would intuit a different, deeper truth about the city they lived and worked in during the 1920s – that its identity is inseparable from… Read more »
I’ve been re-reading Manhattan Transfer and enjoying it. I don’t recall when I first read it but there is no question that this current reading is more profitable. There are so many very telling and real images and touching moments of pain. The image in the excerpt below really sticks to me. As a lifelong… Read more »
French photographer Jean-Pierre Charbonnel is preparing an exhibition of forty photographs which will be called “travel literature.” One of the photographs will be accompanied by a short excerpt from Manhattan Transfer! The exhibition will take place in Tulle (southwestern city of France) in July and August 2016. Access will be free and open.
Coming soon to www.johndospassos.com, I interview Professor Rosa Maria Bautista Cordero, about the 2016 John Dos Passos Society Conference in Madrid. Rosa is a translator and an expert on Manhattan Transfer. I look forward to further consideration of Dos Passos’ experience in Spain.