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The English Teacher's List of Defiance: Popular Genre Books That Are Better Than "Literature " - Page 4

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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When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
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The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
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The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Michael Chabon)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Michael Chabon)
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