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The English Teacher's List of Defiance: Popular Genre Books That Are Better Than "Literature " - Page 3

I was once asked during a job interview who I thought were the 3 greatest American Novelists of the 20th Century. I said Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Elmore Leonard. I didn't get the job. (I learned later that I was supposed to say Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner.Mea Culpa.) In my subsequent career in Academia, I have held to two principles:1) Drama is not Literature - it is its own separate form; and 2) The best writing is found in the genres. I don't discount mainstream literary fiction; "Gatsby", for example, is a great book. It's just that "The Glass Key" is just as good, and Hammett is a better storyteller AND writer than Fitzgerald. So here are a bunch of genre titles that meet the criteria of "Literature", and are better than some of the crap I was required to teach.
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The Night of the Generals (Kirst)
The Night of the Generals (Kirst)
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Nightmare Alley (William Lindsay Gresham)
Nightmare Alley (William Lindsay Gresham)
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Nightmare at 20000 Feet
Nightmare at 20000 Feet
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No Blade of Grass (John Christopher)
No Blade of Grass (John Christopher)
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
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The Ox-Bow Incident (Clark, Walter Van Tilburg)
The Ox-Bow Incident (Clark, Walter Van Tilburg)
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A Perfect Spy (John Le Carre)
A Perfect Spy (John Le Carre)
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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE James M Cain
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE James M Cain
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Rear Window (Cornell Woolrich)
Rear Window (Cornell Woolrich)
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Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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The Road to Perdition (Collins)
The Road to Perdition (Collins)
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Rogue Male
Rogue Male
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Sandman (Gaiman)
Sandman (Gaiman)
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The Searchers (Alan Lemay)
The Searchers (Alan Lemay)
95
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
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Shane (Jack Schaefer)
Shane (Jack Schaefer)
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The Sheep Look Up (John Brunner)
The Sheep Look Up (John Brunner)
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Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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The Shining (Stephen King)
The Shining (Stephen King)
100
Shoot the Piano Player
Shoot the Piano Player
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
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Song of Kali (Simmons)
Song of Kali (Simmons)
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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (John Le Carré)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (John Le Carré)
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Stand on Zanzibar (John Brunner)
Stand on Zanzibar (John Brunner)
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Station Eleven (Emily St John Mandel)
Station Eleven (Emily St John Mandel)
107
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert a Heinlein)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert a Heinlein)
108
The Talented Mr Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)
The Talented Mr Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)
109
A Taste for Death (P.D. James)
A Taste for Death (P.D. James)
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Horace McCoy)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Horace McCoy)
111
The Third Man (Greene)
The Third Man (Greene)
112
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
113
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis)
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis)
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
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The Uninvited (Dorothy McCardle)
The Uninvited (Dorothy McCardle)
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Unknown Man No. 89 (Elmore Leonard)
Unknown Man No. 89 (Elmore Leonard)
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Up in Honey's Room
Up in Honey's Room
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The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)
The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)
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Warlock (Oakley Hall)
Warlock (Oakley Hall)
120
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
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