Great American Novel

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The Great American Novel is a term used to describe the perfect American story. It is believed that to achieve the Great American Novel, writers must embody the American way of life and create a since of American nationalism in their work.

Great American Novel writers are traditionally (but not necessarily) American citizens who are very familiar with a particular region or sect of American society. Their novels mirror the world around them and give identity to American culture and writing.

The Great American Novel does not require a story to end happily or even necessarily to portray all aspects of America in a positive light.


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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper