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Cold War on the 1930s and Sacrificial Naming: John Dos Passos and Josephine Herbst

Adam Piette

in The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635276
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651771 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.003.0003
Cold War on the 1930s and Sacrificial Naming: John Dos Passos and Josephine Herbst

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This chapter studies the naming strategy used by John Dos Passos. It looks at Josephine Herbst, one of the people he named when he was visited by the FBI. It takes a look at the Robles affair and Dos Passos' fictionalizing of Herbst as Georgia, one of the characters in The Grand Design. The chapter also takes a look at this novel, which hunts out the actual culprits of the Cold War and singles out the way the alliance with the Soviet Union and the Popular Front supported Communist conspirators in Washington to become key players in the radical cryptologizing of the New Deal administration.

Keywords: naming strategy; John Dos Passos; Josephine Herbst; Robles affair; The Grand Design; Soviet Union; Popular Front; Communist conspirators; cryptologizing; New Deal administration

Chapter.  13397 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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