By John Dos Passos
Foreword via E. L. Doctorow.
With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos maintains his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on e-book of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but in addition for its groundbreaking variety. back, making use of a number of experimental units that may motivate an entire new iteration of writers to stick with, Dos Passos captures the numerous textures, flavors, and historical past noises of contemporary lifestyles with a cinematic contact and unheard of nerve.
1919 opens to discover the US and the realm at struggle, and Dos Passos's characters, lots of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We stick to the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas woman, a tender poet, an intensive Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.
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Moreover, most of this writing was done during the ﬁfteen years she lived in the United States. There is little doubt, however, that she considered Canada her home. She lived there from the age of eight until she was thirty-two, and even while she resided in America, she would go to Montreal to visit her family whenever she had the time and money. In terms of nationality, she should probably be considered a British citizen, as that was the country of her birth. ”36 Despite this reluctance, the United States cannot but claim her, for the literature of the era would be incomplete without her compelling stories of Chinese American life.
As for me, I was simply cheated. The name they gave me was hardly new. . My friends said that it would hold in English as Mary; which was very disappointing, as I longed to possess a strange-sounding American name like the others” (49–50). The pleasure she gains from abandoning her Russian name, “Mashke,” is instantly replaced by disappointment that “Mary” is so similar to the name she has just discarded. To throw oﬀ an identity marker that signiﬁes association with one’s origins indicates a rejection of the past.
Antin’s spiritual quest seemed to give her solace from her mental illness. 25 Diversity in the Age of Realism 2 The direction that Antin’s life took after World War I led her away from politics and the public life, but it does not diminish her legacy. As a public speaker, she was able to give a face and a voice to millions of immigrants in America, and The Promised Land remains an important book on many levels. It is the ﬁrst text in English by a Jewish writer to describe both life in the Russian Pale and life as an immigrant in America.