The Great American Novelist, Pt. 2… Still Debated


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 Faulkner

Saul Bellow

Philip Roth

John Updike

John Steinbeck

Sinclair Lewis

Toni Morrison

Ernest Hemingway

Edith Wharton

Cormac McCarthy

Willa Cather

Don DeLillo

EL Doctorow

Thomas Pynchon

Vladimir Nabokov

Annie Proulx

James Baldwin

William S. Burroughs

Raymond Chandler

John Dos Passos

John Fante

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Richard Ford

Wallace Stegner

William Gaddis

Joseph Heller

Ursula K. Le Guin

Carson McCullers

Joyce Carol Oates

William Styron

Paul Auster

Kurt Vonnegut


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