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The Modern American Novel 1900–1950

These are the great majority of the books discussed in "A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900–1950" (John T. Matthews, 2009). Alphabetical by author's surname.
As will become obvious, not all the books were actually published in the stated period, thus suggesting they influenced works or were influenced by works in that era.
Does the following, spoken by a Hollywood producer, seem familiar? From Samuel Merwin's Hattie of Hollywood (1922).
'"Now, my dear," he said, taking her hand and playing with her soft little fingers as he
spoke, "you and I had better understand each other right at the start. If you'll do exactly
as I say – place yourself unquestioningly in my hands – I will make you. If you won't,
I can't help you."'
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Don Quixote (Which Was a Dream) (Kathy Acker)
Don Quixote (Which Was a Dream) (Kathy Acker)
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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (James Agee)
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (James Agee)
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Poor White (Sherwood Anderson)
Poor White (Sherwood Anderson)
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Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
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The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)
The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)
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The Land of Little Rain (Mary Austin)
The Land of Little Rain (Mary Austin)
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Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
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Ryder (Djuna Barnes)
Ryder (Djuna Barnes)
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Falling Star (Vicki Baum)
Falling Star (Vicki Baum)
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The House Without a Key (Earl Derr Biggers)
The House Without a Key (Earl Derr Biggers)
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Two Serious Ladies (Jane Bowles)
Two Serious Ladies (Jane Bowles)
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Hired Guns (Max Brand)
Hired Guns (Max Brand)
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13
Redheaded Woman (Katharine Brush)
Redheaded Woman (Katharine Brush)
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America Is in the Heart (Carlos Bulosan)
America Is in the Heart (Carlos Bulosan)
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The Girl From Hollywood (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
The Girl From Hollywood (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
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Double Indemnity (James M. Cain)
Double Indemnity (James M. Cain)
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain)
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A Lost Lady (Willa Cather)
A Lost Lady (Willa Cather)
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My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
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Not Under Forty (Willa Cather)
Not Under Forty (Willa Cather)
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O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
O Pioneers! (Willa Cather)
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The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
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The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
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The Little Sister (Raymond Chandler)
The Little Sister (Raymond Chandler)
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25
The Conjure Woman (Charles W. Chesnutt)
The Conjure Woman (Charles W. Chesnutt)
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The American Frugal Housewife (Lydia Maria Child)
The American Frugal Housewife (Lydia Maria Child)
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The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
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Eat a Bowl of Tea (Louis Chu)
Eat a Bowl of Tea (Louis Chu)
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
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The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
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The Enormous Room (E. E. Cummings)
The Enormous Room (E. E. Cummings)
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The Lamplighter (Maria S.Cummins)
The Lamplighter (Maria S.Cummins)
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The Administratrix (Emma Ghent Curtis)
The Administratrix (Emma Ghent Curtis)
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Kate Beaumont (John De Forest)
Kate Beaumont (John De Forest)
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Art as Experience (John Dewey)
Art as Experience (John Dewey)
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The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey)
The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey)
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The Leopard's Spots (Thomas Dixon Jr.)
The Leopard's Spots (Thomas Dixon Jr.)
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Manhattan Transfer (John Dos Passos)
Manhattan Transfer (John Dos Passos)
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U.S.A. Trilogy (John Dos Passos)
U.S.A. Trilogy (John Dos Passos)
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An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
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