Becker, George J. John Dos Passos. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1974. A critical biography, this short book links Dos Passos’s major works, his artistic observations, and his treatment of American social institutions.
Carr, Virginia Spencer. Dos Passos: A Life. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1984. Presents a detailed biography with critical insights into the personal and political influences on Dos Passos’s fiction.
Casey, Janet Galligani. Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Discusses Dos Passos’s female characters. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Colley, Lain. Dos Passos and the Fiction of Despair. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1978. One of the most frequently cited texts in Dos Passos scholarship.
Ludington, Townsend. John Dos Passos: A Twentieth Century Odyssey. Rev. ed. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1998. A standard biography first published in 1980; updated introduction.
Maine, Barry, ed. Dos Passos: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge, 1988. Devoted to the contemporary critical reception of Dos Passos’s individual novels. Divided into twelve sections, each covering a major work. These chapters contain between two (Number One, The Grand Design) and twelve (The Big Money) different reviews, taken from publications ranging from American Mercury to the Daily Worker.
Maine, Barry, ed. “U.S.A.: Dos Passos and the Rhetoric of History.” South Atlantic Review 50, no. 1 (1985): 75-86. This important article treats the role of narrative in conveying history in the first of Dos Passos’s trilogy, with attention to the relationship between narrative and film.
Nanney, Lisa. John Dos Passos. New York: Twayne, 1998. An excellent introductory study of Dos Passos and his works.
Sanders, David. John Dos Passos: A Comprehensive Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1987. Includes an index.
Strychacz, Thomas. Modernism, Mass Culture, and Professionalism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Places the U.S.A. trilogy in historical context.
Wagner, Linda W. Dos Passos: Artist as American. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1979. A comprehensive (624-page) study of Dos Passos’s development as artist/observer, treating his quest for an American hero through his major works.