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Contenders for the Great American Novel - Page 3

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 the same thing, which should give you a hint as to why the term "great American novel" is so problematic.
In the nearly 150 years since the essay was written, the argument over the Great American Novel—what it is, what it should be, do we have one, do we need one, why so many white men—has gone on and on.
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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