The Best Times



Beginning With A Wonderful Portrait Of Tha Author S Remarkable Father, The Book Follows Dos Passos Through Harvard Through World War I As An Ambulance Driver In France Italy Through The Chaotic Postwar Middle East Through The Vast Reaches Of Soviet Russia The Russian Experiment Through The Literary World On Both Sides Of The Atlantic.The Best Times

John Roderigo Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist.He received a first class education at The Choate School, in Connecticut, in 1907, under the name John Roderigo Madison Later, he traveled with his tutor on a tour through France, England, Italy, Greece and the Middle East to study classical art, architecture and literature.In 1912 he attended Harvard University and, after graduating in John Roderigo Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist.He received a first class education at The Choate School, in Connecticut, in 1907, under the name John Roderigo Madison Later, he traveled with his tutor on a tour through France, England, Italy, Greece and the Middle East to study classical art, architecture and literature.In 1912 he attended Harvard University and, after graduating in 1916, he traveled to Spain to continue his studies In 1917 he volunteered for the S.S.U 60 of the Norton Harjes Ambulance Corps, along with E.E Cummings and Robert Hillyer.By the late summer of 1918, he had completed a draft of his first novel and, at the same time, he had to report for duty in the U.S Army Medical Corps, in Pennsylvania.When the war was over, he stayed in Paris, where the U.S Army Overseas Education Commission allowed him to study anthropology at the Sorbonne.Considered one of the Lost Generation writers, Dos Passos published his first novel in 1920, titled One Man s Initiation 1917, followed by an antiwar story, Three Soldiers, which brought him considerable recognition His 1925 novel about life in New York City, titled Manhattan Transfer was a success.In 1937 he returned to Spain with Hemingway, but the views he had on the Communist movement had already begun to change, which sentenced the end of his friendship with Hemingway and Herbert Matthews.In 1930 he published the first book of the U.S.A. trilogy, considered one of the most important of his works.Only thirty years later would John Dos Passos be recognized for his significant contribution in the literary field when, in 1967, he was invited to Rome to accept the prestigious Antonio Feltrinelli Prize.Between 1942 and 1945, Dos Passos worked as a journalist covering World War II and, in 1947, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Tragedy struck when an automobile accident killed his wife, Katharine Smith, and cost him the sight in one eye He remarried to Elizabeth Hamlyn Holdridge in 1949, with whom he had an only daughter, Lucy Dos Passos, born in 1950.Over his long and successful carreer, Dos Passos wrote forty two novels, as well as poems, essays and plays, and createdthan four hundred pieces of art.More detailed information about Dos Passos and his carrer can be found at Wikipedia

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  • 240 pages
  • The Best Times
  • John Dos Passos
  • English
  • 04 August 2018

10 thoughts on “The Best Times

  1. says:

    John Dos Passos had an interesting life Son of a successful lawyer, educated at Harvard University, architecture student in Spain, ambulance driver in France and Italy during WWI, intrepid traveller, writer, political activist, friend of Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald, Dos Passos had plenty of interesting things to write about in this memoir which deals with his life until shortly before the Spanish Civil War Conversational in tone, it s written in clear, crisp prose and is a mixture John Dos Passos had an ...

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    me dije que iba a leer menos y mejor vengo cumpliendo librazo Dos Passos no es solo un apellido formidable una vez estaba triste y aburrido en el laburo y no pod a leer esto porque me hac a sentir peor la cantidad de vivencias que tiene este libro es tremebunda.

  3. says:

    Finally after reading books about and by just about everyone he socialised with I got around to reading something by Dos Passos He was portrayed as somewhat of a coward in the film Hemingway Gellhorn, so I was interested to see if there was truth in this, and what sort of man he was, through his own voice Although he socialised in the same scene as the Murphy s, Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, his Informal Memoir shows him as quite different to his compatriotsof a loner than Finally after reading books about and by just about everyone he socialised with I got around to reading something by Dos Passos He was portrayed as somewhat of a coward in the film Hemingway Gellhorn, so I was interested to see if there was truth in this, and what sort of man he was, through his own voice Although he socialised in the same scene as the Murphy s, Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, his Informal Memoir shows him as quite different to his compatriotsof a loner than Hemingway, and fervently opposed to celeb...

  4. says:

    Flat, perfunctory, and fast, Dos Passos s neglected memoir of his fantastical youth is an effective pen portrait of the greatest literary generation in U.S history By the mid Sixties, when Dos Passos sat down with his notebooks and letters to write this, the tentative Modernism of the USA Trilogy had annealed into a style hardbitten and journalistic, with just a few pet contractions avantgarde, welltodo connecting it with the experiment of the interwar years His unsentimental approach t Flat, perfunctory, and fast, Dos Passos s neglected memoir of his fantastical youth is an effective pen portrait of the greatest literary generation in U.S history By the mid Sixties, when Dos Passos sat down with his notebooks and letters to write this, the tentative Modernism of the USA Trilogy had annealed into a style hardbitten and journalistic, with just a few pet contractions avantgarde, welltodo connecting it with the experiment of t...

  5. says:

    Currently re reading thisread it back in 2006 and found it to be another memoir to only further confirm my unhealthy obsession with the Lost Generation Re reading it now out of interest with his journey from Tehran into Saudi Arabia and then up to Syria, mostly by camel caravan including a detour in Baghdad to say hello to Gertrude Bell Also interested in his writing style, specifically how he avoids the trap of reminiscing about his discoveries and instead allows the reader to experien Currently re reading thisread it back in 2006 and found it to be another memoir to only further confirm my unhealthy obsession with the Lost Generation Re reading it now out of interest with his journey from Tehran into Saudi Arabia and then up to Syria, mostly by camel caravan including a detour in Baghdad to say hello to Gertrude Bell Also interested in his writing style, specifically how he avoids the trap of...

  6. says:

    Published four years before his death, The Best Times isreliable but less interesting than the memoir of Dos Passos s frenemy Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast was a work of art, spiced with some petty revenge for example, referring to Dos Passos as the pilot fish who brought in the rich who corrupted Papa and cost him his first marriage and the indignity of reading for his supper Dos Passos isstraightforward and prosaic and as a result The Best Times is useful but uncompelling r Published four years before his death, The Best Times isreliable but less interesting than the memoir of Dos Passos s frenemy Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast was a work of art, spiced with some petty revenge for example, referring to Dos Passos as the pilot fish who brought in the rich who corrupted Papa and cost him his first marriage and the indignity of reading for his supper Dos Passos isstraightforward and prosaic and as a result The Best Times is useful but uncompelling reading.It recounts an interesting life, one consistent in principle, though Dos Passos swung famously from way left of center to way right of center politically in his lifetime He never regretted his work for Sacco and Vanzetti or his involvement in and withdrawal from the Spanish Civil War He never liked bullies and the Communists were major league bullies The Soviets fought two wars when they became involved in the Spanish Civil War, one agains...

  7. says:

    It s the first book of Dos Passos that I read and not the least For the first time, a writer tell us about his life and show us what is really an author, his life, his trips Anyway, it s a book to read when you re young because when you close the book, you just want to live La Belle Vie.

  8. says:

    Good history The section on his father was hard for me to get into The rest was interesting.

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