John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was born in Chicago and graduated from Harvard in 1916. His service as an ambulance driver in Europe at the end of World War I led him to write Three Soldiers in 1919, the first in a series of works that established him as one of the most prolific, inventive, and influential American writers of the twentieth century.
This volume was edited by Townsend Ludington, Cary C. Boshamer Professor of English and American Studies at the University of North Carolina and author of John Dos Passos: A Twentieth Century Odyssey, and Daniel Aaron (1912-2016), Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University and a founder of The Library of America.
"The U.S.A. trilogy hasn't been available in a single volume for decades. All hail, then, the estimable Library of America, which has brought out such an edition. . . . Replete with notes and chronologies of both Dos Passos's life and of world events contemporaneous with the action of the novels, its edition of U.S.A. is one to savor." --The Plain Dealer