John Dos Passos was a novelist, poet, critic, and painter whose mother was born in Virginia. He came of age
traveling through Europe and, after graduating from Harvard University in 1916, served as an ambulance driver
during World War I (1914–1918). Amid the destruction of Victorian Europe, Dos Passos developed left-leaning
politics that set him against war and in support of workers' rights. As a modernist writer, he became
connected with the so-called Lost Generation of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his Harvard classmate E. E. Cummi. . .
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