This book is different from the books that have come before, in the author's fusing of interviews of survivors still living with the affidavits and testimonies in war crimes trial proceedings, and those of other survivors soon after the events took place, together with a quite astounding survey of eyewitness accounts and observations in diaries of individuals as diverse as an anonymous Japanese soldier recording their daily catalog of killings, and the renowned novelist John Dos Passos
, who was a war correspondent covering American military operations.
He contends that the prevailing narrative understands these works, most of which are from the so-called Lost Generation of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos
, and F.
Much of the biographical ground has been gone over in other volumes: the Spanish Civil War and Hemingway's falling out with John Dos Passos
over the role of the Soviets in Stephen Koch's The Breaking Point (2009), the pursuit of U-boats during the early years of WWII in Terry Mort's The Hemingway Patrols (2009), the adventures in Europe during the war in Mort's recent Hemingway at War (2016).
It reminded this reviewer of John Dos Passos
Part I discusses the engagement of Ezra Pound and John Dos Passos
with Spanish literary history.
Writers discussed include Richard Wright, John Dos Passos
, Manuel Puig, Raymond Chandler, and Evita Per<AEo>n.
Burroughs to Jack Kerouac, John Rechy, John Dos Passos
, Allen Ginsberg, Sherwood Anderson and even Jackson Pollock, The American People is less a novel--even a disruptive, postmodern novel--than it is a notebook of ideas and speculations.
Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos
and Dorothy Parker.
Many writers lived in the Heights, including Thomas Wolfe, Carson McCullers, John Dos Passos
, and Truman Capote.
Toward a Modernist Style: John Dos Passos
. New York: Bloomsbury.
Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Edgar Lee Masters, Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos
e Theodore Dreiser.