John Dos Passos: The Big Money (2361 words)


Published in 1936, The Big Money is the third and final section of John Dos Passos’ sweeping trilogy. In 1938, all three books, including a revised version of 42nd Parallel, were published as the single volume entitled U.S.A. In The Big Money, America rides the booms and busts of the 1920s towards the close of a tumultuous decade, the looming abyss of the Great Depression, and the novel’s final vision of a divided nation. The four formally distinct sections present in the earlier books continue to define the structure of this monumental work of modernist fiction: the Camera Eye which follows a subjective and somewhat autobiographical trajectory, the Newsreels composed of scraps from …

Citation: Afflerbach, Ian. "The Big Money". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2011 [, accessed 14 August 2022.]

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