Greatest American writers of All Time
Who should join novelist Toni Morrison on the list of Great American Novelists? Photograph: Eamonn McCabe
A few weeks ago, Matthew Spencer, better known to us on the books site as tenuousfives, told us about his new project/literary tournament he'd devised, and invited us all to join in. :
I loved Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates and after reading all the stuff about Gatsby and Tender is the Night (and Hemingway), I found myself pondering the fabled "Great American Novel". Then I thought I'd like to find The Greatest American Exponent of Great American Novels. So, in a Euro Champs style format, I wanted to pit authors against each other a book at a time in a knockout format to see what comes out best. For best, read "my favourite". A couple of days of frantic research later and I find myself with too many writers. I am asking for help to whittle down or point out glaring omissions (please, God, no) for my reading adventure. The definition of Great American Novel- GAN from now on- is going to be fairly loose but essentially I wanted it to be a novel- not short story- written by an American during the last 100 years- 1912-2012- that portrays American life, attitudes, history- allegorically or otherwise. They also have to have 4 novels to put up to the competition, one for each round.
After a great response on the Tips, Links and Suggestions thread, we offered Matthew his own space on the books site and I will now hand-over to him. Let the best GAN win!how much tech trash for 500 scrap how much product to use in hair how teaching methods affect learning how many science classes are required to graduate when design and access statement required how to start the startup where development length is provided why business analytics what startup services can i disable who design nigeria flag london who started the great fire which project management software is best how many project runway seasons why company culture is important where to project x when business is slow where was technology first invented who system thinking when manufacturing overhead is applied to production it is added to what company has the most employees how many teaching positions are open in texas when teaching systems and routines to a group roadmap when can you meet indoors why london is a good place to live when starting up a business who manufactures products how to explain a teacher which manufacturer has the absolute advantage which solution to the equation 1 x 1 x 2 2x 2 2 is extraneous what product is dr pepper how to find out who my teacher is who management of chronic disease how much technology do we need what development made exploration to africa what are the 3 principles of management what device did you plug in where london congestion charge who manufactured my windows entrepreneur who failed then succeeded where design criteria where london magazine where to study entrepreneurship in south africa which engineering should i choose how design makes us think how start up your own business how much solution to use in vax platinum what system is the liver in who entrepreneur for capitalist psychologist and economist who london office how many products does amazon have how many manufacturer coupons can i use when teaching systems and routines to a group what manufacturer makes acura who is an entrepreneur give an example how much phone repair who business book how many times do entrepreneurs fail why tech stocks are falling what device is this which startup is best which product in the reaction forms a precipitate where to products online how to roadmap a product who management of diarrhea how much solution in vax platinum who company owns boom supersonic who product specific guidance whose company i enjoy where product key windows 7 why management is important how far can technology go who's a scientist which development led to the other three how much equipment is on mars how many project runway seasons how entrepreneur contribute to economic development what science is taught in 6th grade how many startup in india who managers rangers who developed the geocentric theory how often can you use stim how london became the center of the world how many development cards per turn why system maintenance is important roadmap to or roadmap for where to manage passwords in chrome what entrepreneur mean how to find a co founder for startup in india how many management theories are there where design definition how to roadmap in jira why company culture matters why technology roadmap is important how startup valuation works how far can technology advance what technology was used in ww2 why solution is called homogeneous mixture where project managers work how much solution for vax carpet cleaner which science is the easiest who product specification where to road map how often teach this why workers are fleeing the hospitality sector what workers want 2022 what device did you plug in how when and where solutions how much start up capital is required to start a business who manufacturers one plus how much startup capital for small business where science has lease when manager ignores you what engineering has the least math what business makes the most money why teaching abstinence doesn't work why equipment maintenance is important where to promote products how device storage