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John Dos Passos
(1896-1970) born on
Jan 14
US writer. His reputation as a social historian and as a radical critic of the quality of American life rests primarily on his trilogy "U.S.A."
         
   
F
I think we are all of us a pretty milky lot, without tea-table convictions and our radicalism that keeps so consistently within the bounds of decorum . . . .I'd like to annihilate these stupid colleges of ours . . . instillers of stodginess.

R
A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief.
A
Letters are largely written to get things out of your system.
N
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
K
It was the ponderous battering ram of his novels that opened the way through the genteel reticences of American nineteenth-century fiction. . . Without [Theodore] Dreiser's treading out a path for naturalism none of us would have had a chance to publish.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The New York Public Library Book of 20th Century American Quotations," by Stephen Donadio, 1992.
R: In "Simpson's Contemporary Quotations," by James B. Simpson, 1988.
A: In "Quotable Quote Book," by Merrit Malloy, 1990.
N: In NY "Times," 25 Oct 1959.
K: In "The New York Public Library Book of 20th Century American Quotations," by Stephen Donadio, 1992.
   


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