Contenders for the Great American Novel

Back in 1868, novelist John William DeForest coined the now inescapable term "the great American novel" in the title of an essay in The Nation. Now, don't forget that in 1868, just a few years after the end of the Civil War, "America" was still an uncertain concept for many—though actually, in 2017 we might assert... read more
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The Great Gatsby
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Moby Dick
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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Huckleberry Finn
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Mason and Dixon
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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Grapes of Wrath
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Lolita
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Underworld
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U.S.A. (John Dos Passos)
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Invisible Man
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Blood Meridian
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Light in August
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Absalom, Absalom!
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The Adventures of Augie March
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Infinite Jest
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Rabbit, Run
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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Freedom
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
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Native Son
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These Dreams of You (Steve Erickson)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
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A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
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A Visit From the Goon Squad
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Americanah
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10:04 (Ben Lerner)
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The Bell Jar
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Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
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Love Medicine
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The Maltese Falcon
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To Have and to Have Not
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The Shining
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The Moviegoer
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