Posts Tagged: great american novel

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #122: Nathan Hill

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“Write what you want to write, he said, and let other people deal with taxonomies.”

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Really Good Fiction

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Infinite Jest recently turned twenty, a birthday so momentous it merited a new edition of the tome for college students to display on their bedside tables. In light of the renewed discussion about David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus, D.T. Max reminds disciples that he also wrote some other stuff: Alongside his first collection, “Girl with […]

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The Great American Novel(s)?

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This idea — that one person, and only one person, in any given generation can possess the intellectual prowess, creative might, emotional intelligence and writing chops to produce a novel that speaks truth about the disparate American whole — is pure hogwash. For the NYT Book Review, Cheryl Strayed (aka our very own Sugar) and […]

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Mark Twain Still Popular…In China!

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Did you know that Mark Twain is one of the best known foreign writers in China? Neither did we. There is a well earned, and unabashed image of Mark Twain as the quintessential American author and for good reason. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains in the American cannon and is taught all over the […]

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The Greatest American Novel

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The Millions “asked nine English scholars to choose one novel as the greatest our country has ever produced.” The results span a wide range subjects, authors, and time periods. Most you’ve heard of, a few you haven’t, but all of them dig into the American experience in rich and troubling ways. Which book would you nominate […]

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