After we previously blogged about the dubious search for the “Great American Novel,” The Guardian decided to annoy countless readers everywhere by drafting a list of 32 authors who will “compete” to be named the “Great American Novelist” in an online tournament. To qualify, an author had to have produced at least four novels, been American, and written in the last 100 years.
Why four books? Why within the past 100 years? The arbitrariness of it all..such a stupid endeavor.
Anyway, for those interested, here are the 32 finalists:
William S. Burroughs
John Dos Passos
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ursula K. Le Guin
Joyce Carol Oates