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Great American Novelist

Is 'The Great American Novel' a Useless Concept?

Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books
Claire Fallon

Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."

Write the Great American Novel In 10 Easy Steps

Ester Bloom | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Ester Bloom

Be a dude, ideally dead. Questions to ask yourself: What's the body count? Are your characters suffering? Add more violence. Are your characters sufficiently coarsened by the inequities of modern life? Add more profanity.

Can The Great American Novel Exist?

Kevin Hayes | Posted 05.15.2012 | Books
Kevin Hayes

Can the phrase "Great American Novel" only be applied to realistic novels that attempt to capture the mainstream American experience? Or can it be applied to other novels that are more diverse in terms of either subject matter or literary approach?

Great American Novelist

The Stranger | Tao Lin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lin isn't the richest or most famous living American human, but you could argue--I would argue--that he is one of the most nonjudgmental (for years he...

Is Shirley Jackson One Of The Greatest American Writers?

Salon | Andrew O'Hehir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Shirley Jackson Awards for excellence in "literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" were awarded over the weekend, and...