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42nd Parallel

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Novel by Dos Passos, published in 1930. It is the first of the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), including 1919 (1932) and The Big Money (1936). Interspersed in the narrative are brief ...

42nd Parallel, The

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...nd Parallel, The , novel by Dos Passos , published in 1930 . It is the first of the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938 ), including 1919 ( 1932 ) and The Big Money ( 1936 ). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of Debs , Burbank , Haywood , Bryan , Minor Keith , Carnegie , Edison , Steinmetz , and La Follette . (For critical discussion, see Dos Passos .) Fainy (“Mac”) McCreary, imbued with social idealism by his uncle Tim O'Hara, works for a book distributing company whose proprietor defrauds him. With a socialist friend he bums...

42nd Parallel, The

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...42nd Parallel, The , novel by Dos Passos , published in 1930 . It is the first of the trilogy U.S.A . (collected 1938 ), including 1919 ( 1932 ) and The Big Money ( 1936 ). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of Debs , Burbank , Haywood , Bryan , Minor Keith , Carnegie , Edison , Steinmetz , and La Follette . (For critical discussion, see Dos Passos .) Fainy (“Mac”) McCreary, a social idealist, bums across the continent, works for an anarchist printer in San Francisco, edits an I.W.W. paper, marries, deserts his wife and children...

42nd Parallel

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Novel by Dos Passos, published in 1930. It is the first of the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), including 1919 (1932) and The Big Money (1936). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of ...
17 Bookbinding

17 Bookbinding   Reference library

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...practice, leather-covered boards were the typical choice, over many centuries, for bindings intended to be permanent. From the earliest times to the end of the Middle Ages, boards were usually made of wood (in England, oak or beech), cut in thin slices with the grain running parallel to the spine. During the 16 th century, wood was gradually replaced by pasteboard and other paper-based boards, being both lighter and cheaper, as books became smaller and more numerous. Millboard (made from waste hemp materials) was introduced in the 17 th century and...

40 The History of the Book in China

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...Although the early invention of true paper (2 nd century bc ) and of textual printing (late 7 th century) by *woodblock printing profoundly influenced the development of the book in China, the materials and manufacture of books before paper and before printing also left some traces. Preceding the availability of paper as a writing surface, the earliest books in China, known as jiance or jiandu , were written on thin strips of prepared bamboo and wood, which were usually interlaced in sequence by parallel bands of twisted thongs, hemp string, or silk...

22 The History of the Book in France

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...de Beaumarchais amidst many difficulties, and sold out despite two concurrent piracies. Pancoucke typifies the growing contemporary awareness of the publisher’s role, distinct from the printer’s. The book trade also acquired greater professional autonomy. These advances were paralleled by the growth and success of *book auction s. There were between 350 and 400 book dealers in Paris in 1789 , most of them established in the traditional area around Notre-Dame and along the river, but many migrating to the Palais-Royal area. Some doubled as cabinets de...

48 The History of the Book in America

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...research universities along the German model. The US government played a significant role in publishing the fruits of American science and exploration, in such works as the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (1848–1916), the seven-volume geological surveys of the 40 th parallel (1870–80), and John Wesley Powell ’s geological and ethnographic studies of the American west. At the same time, commercial publishers created niches by catering to the learned professions: *Little, Brown, & Co. , and Baker, Voorhis, & Co. in law books; Lea & Blanchard...

U.S.A.

U.S.A.  

Trilogy by Dos Passos, which includes the novels The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money.
Big Money

Big Money  

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Novel by Dos Passos, published in 1936. It is the last of the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), following The 42nd Parallel (1930) and 1919 (1932). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies ...
1919

1919  

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Novel by Dos Passos published in 1932. It is the second in the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938), including The 42nd Parallel (1930) and The Big Money (1936). Interspersed in the narrative are brief ...
John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos  

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(1896–1970),American novelist. His first important novel, Three Soldiers (1921), which has war as its subject, was followed by many others including Manhattan Transfer (1925) and U.S.A. (1938), a ...
U.S.A.

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..., trilogy by Dos Passos , which includes the novels The 42nd Parallel , 1919 , and The Big Money...

U.S.A.

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...U.S.A. , trilogy by Dos Passos , which includes the novels The 42nd Parallel , 1919 , and The Big Money...

I.W.W.

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..., abbreviation for Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies. Figures such as Bill Haywood and Joe Hill of the Wobblies appear in many novels, including Dos Passos 's 42nd Parallel, Winston Churchill 's The Dwelling Place of Light, and Josephine Herbst 's The...

Dos Passos, John Roderigo

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...important novel, Three Soldiers ( 1921 ), which has war as its subject, was followed by many others, notably Manhattan Transfer ( 1925 ), a collective portrait in hundreds of fictional episodes of life in New York City, and U.S.A. ( 1938 ), a trilogy composed of The 42nd Parallel ( 1930 ), 1919 ( 1932 ), and The Big Money ( 1936 ). U.S.A. tries to capture the variety and multiplicity of American life in the first decades of the 20th century. In 1938 Jean‐Paul Sartre declared Dos Passos the ‘greatest writer of our time’. He also wrote poetry,...

Dos Passos, John Roderigo

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... ( 1925 ), a collective portrait in hundreds of fictional episodes of life in New York City, and U.S.A. ( 1938 ), a trilogy composed of The 42nd Parallel ( 1930 ), 1919 ( 1932 ), and The Big Money ( 1936 ). U.S.A. tries to capture, through a diversity of fictional techniques, the variety and multiplicity of American life in the first decades of the 20th century; it presents various interlocking and parallel narratives, against a panoramic collage of real‐life events, snatches of newsreel and popular song, advertisements, and so on with a commentary...

Plutarch

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...priest at Delphi. Fifty lives and 78 miscellaneous works survive. His Parallel Lives , which pair illustrious Greeks and Romans such as Alcibiades and Coriolanus , and Alexander and Julius Caesar , illustrate the moral character of his subjects through a series of anecdotes. The influential version by Thomas North ( 1579 ) served as a source‐book for Shakespeare's Roman plays. John Dryden 's ‘Life of Plutarch’ prefaced a very successful five‐volume translation of the Lives by 42 contributors ( 1683–6 ), later revised by Arthur Hugh Clough . The ...

Big Money, The

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...Money, The , novel by Dos Passos , published in 1936 . It is the last of the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938 ), following The 42nd Parallel ( 1930 ) and 1919 ( 1932 ). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of Frederick Taylor , Ford , Veblen , Isadora Duncan , the Wright brothers, Valentino , Frank Lloyd Wright , Hearst , and Samuel Insull . The war hero Charley Anderson returns to New York to organize an airplane factory, intending to produce better planes and avoid the profit motive. Progressively disillusioned, he joins a...

1919

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..., novel by Dos Passos published in 1932 . It is the second in the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938 ), including The 42nd Parallel ( 1930 ) and The Big Money ( 1936 ). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of John Reed , Randolph Bourne , Theodore Roosevelt , Paxton Hibben , Wilson J.P. Morgan , Joe Hill , Wesley Everest , and the Unknown Soldier. (For critical discussion, see Dos Passos .) Joe Williams deserts from the navy, gets a forged seaman's certificate, and sails on tankers and freighters across the Atlantic, continuing...

1919

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...1919 , novel by Dos Passos published in 1932 . It is the second in the trilogy U.S.A. (collected 1938 ), including The 42nd Parallel ( 1930 ) and The Big Money ( 1936 ). Interspersed in the narrative are brief biographies of John Reed , Randolph Bourne , Theodore Roosevelt , Paxton Hibben , Wilson , J. P. Morgan , Joe Hill , Wesley Everest , and the Unknown Soldier. (For critical discussion, see Dos Passos .) Joe Williams deserts from the navy and sails on tankers and freighters across the Atlantic, although several times jailed and aboard...

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