John Dos Passos and the Visual Arts

  title={John Dos Passos and the Visual Arts},
  author={Michael A. Spindler},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={391 - 405}
  • M. Spindler
  • Published 1 December 1981
  • Art
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