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The Big Money: A Novel From the Great Trilogy U.S.A.
The Big Money A Novel From the Great Trilogy USA Author:John Dos Passos America in the boom years of the twenties is the setting of The Big Money. Hog-wild material prosperity rules the land and cripples the national life. Amid a vivid , fevered atmosphere of big business and bootleg booze, tinsel glamour and grinding injustice, Dos Passos guides his character - a young mid-Westerner destroyed by his own success, an... more » amoral trollop-turned-Hollywood star, an advertising boy-wonder on a careening treadmill of corruption, an idealistic girl discovering the facts of life - toward destinies that make a mockery of the American dream. The author's wonderful multiplicity of narrative techniques, his swift cross-cutting of points of view, never were used with greater effect than in this novel that Malcolm Cowley termed "a furious and sombre poem, written in a mood of revulsion even more powerful that that which T.S. Elliot expressed in 'The Waste Land.'" It stands as the climatic novel of a trilogy Alfred Kazin calls "an epic of democracy" charged with " the energy of disenchantment."
With and introduction by Alfred Kazin. With the original illustrations by Reginald Marsh« less