ONE MAN'S INITIATION - 1917. John Dos Passos.


London: George Allen & Unwin, (1920). Original blue cloth stamped in black, with dust jacket.

First Edition of Dos Passos's first book -- a novel of soldier life during the Great War. After graduation from Harvard in 1916, he volunteered for an American ambulance corps (along with his college friend e.e. cummings), serving outside of Paris and in northern Italy. (After the war he would remain in Paris, becoming, along with Ernest Hemingway and others, one of the "Lost Generation" of American writers there.) The American edition of this book was not published until 1922, after his anti-war novel THREE SOLDIERS brought him some fame.

This copy is in the second state, with "spread flat" properly printed on page 35. The volume is in fine condition; the jacket too is just about fine, just a bit darkened on its spine. Item #13184

Price: $325.00