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  1. Dos Passos, John Dos Passos, John Roderigo Dos Passos(noun)

    United States novelist remembered for his portrayal of life in the United States (1896-1970)

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  1. John Dos Passos

    John Roderigo Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist. He was born in Chicago, the illegitimate son of John Randolph Dos Passos, and it was not until he was 16 that his father recognized his paternity. Educated at a preparatory school, he went on to Harvard University, graduating in 1916. He was well-traveled, visiting Europe and the Middle East where he learned about literature, art and architecture. During World War I he was a member of the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps in Paris and Italy, later joining the U.S. Army Medical Corps. In 1920 he had his first novel published, One Man's Initiation: 1917, and in 1925 his Manhattan Transfer, became a commercial success. In 1928, he went to Russia to study socialism, and later became a leading participator in the April 1935 First Americans Writers Congress sponsored by the Communist-leaning League of American Writers. He was in Spain in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, when the murder of good friend José Robles soured his attitude toward communism and severed his relationship with fellow writer Ernest Hemingway. By the 1950s his political views had changed dramatically, and in the 1960s, he actively campaigned for presidential candidates Barry Goldwater and Richard M. Nixon.

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