Sunday, January 14, 2007

On this date ...

... in 1896, John Dos Passos was born: Modernist Recorder of the American Scene. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

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  1. Another underrated, overlooked writer -- now, at least. Primarily, I think, for political reasons -- he went from far left to pretty far right, and academics who control reputations don't like that. I'm sorry Dos Passos did that, myself, but that's no ground from which to judge a literary career. Similarly with James Gould Cozzens. He was always conservative, and no honor could be allowed to attach to such a writer. Shame on you, Dwight MacDonald. Some people say that Cozzens's "Guard of Honor" is the best American novel to come out of World War II. They are wrong in that -- that novel would be James Jones's "From Here to Eternity" -- but, still, it's awfully, awfully good.

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