We take abuse seriously in our book lists. From beloved world literature to contemporary bestsellers, the list contains a broad range of novels, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. Sad They may indeed be on the list, just not on the first page; and you could add them. Cain, Mildred Pierce 1941 71. William Gibson, Neuromancer 1984 99. Scott Fitzgerald Maybe you were forced to read this in high school. Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets 1893 32.
Perhaps the most searching fable of the American Dream ever written, this glittering novel of the Jazz Age paints an unforgettable portrait of its day — the flappers, the bootleg gin, the careless, giddy wealth. Some of the lyrics of his songs are regarded as being among the finest poetry of the period. My list thus tries to have it both ways. The American Experiment is much more resonant. We also selected our favorite Children's chapter books appropriate for all ages in. Peter Matthiessen, At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1965 90. Fitzgerald deserves to be in the top three by his sheer will to become the greatest novelist, like he once said.
Miller was the wellspring of all raw, unbridled thought in American letters, and still the most goddamned original of any that followed his giant steps. Her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God was written during her fieldwork in Haiti with the Guggenheim Foundation, which provides grants to professionals in the creative arts. Frank Norris, McTeague 1899 37. Richard Wright, Native Son 1940 68. Catcher in the Rye seems juvenile in today's context, but in historical terms is a classic. He also wrote historical fiction. Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead 1948 73.
A powerful portrait of Depression-era America, this gritty social novel follows the Joad family as they flee their farm in the Oklahoma dust bowl for the promised land of California. A Modernist genius who challenged the face of poetry. Recognition of his achievements as one of the leading poets of his time only came after his death in Rome on February 23, 1821. Authors on top of the list now may end up with drastically different positions on later versions of our best 100 authors lists. These five classics are not only great books, but they also laid the groundwork for all the current bestsellers and remain some of the most evergreen works of literature ever produced. The most lasting contribution of the Beats would seem to be at this juncture, the growing love of marijuana. Since I can already hear your questions and even protests, I will address them by following my list with a brief discussion of each of the words in my title.
To say the least, the way in which F. No, never; however, I will give him a top 25 rating. The nineteenth century saw the spreading and recognition of American writing in Europe with the folk stories of Washington Irving, the frontier adventures of Fenimore Cooper and the moralising verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He is widely known for the novels, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and particularly, the Puliter Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, his masterpiece, which is one of the great American novels: it has sold more than 15 million copies so far… John Updike was a novelist, short story writer and poet. She was strongly Roman Catholic, which informed her exploration of ethics and morality… John Ernst Steinbeck was the author of 16 novels and various other works, including five short story collections. But as writing, it is a sentimental piece of fluff.
. Uncle Tom's Cabin is credited as being a major reason for the growth of the Abolitionist movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. It deals with a lot of complex issues, but it delivers them in a compelling way that draws the reader in. I am currently the and a politics, culture, and travel. She is one of the most celebrated in modern history. I wont say he is the best, but Stephen King is one of the great writers of our generation 1975-2000 and one of the best writers of the past 100 years, way better than 40 on this list.
To punctuate their support of Black History Month, Questia is offering a reference work about each author below completely free for a month. I was filling some of the gaps in my undergraduate education. Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1940 69. Far too low down on the list. Also, Uncle Tom's Cabin isn't on here for some reason. Though the only full-length novel by the New York City-born writer, the once scandalous story about teenage angst, rebellion and lust remains a standard in American literature curriculum.
Should be in the top ten. I am also the author of Houghton Mifflin and, with Mr. I admire novelists who have a way with words, who create telling phrases, paragraphs, and chapters, and who carry a story from cover to cover with a consistent and unique voice that dare I say it? Mitchell , Reveries of a Bachelor 1850 14. Until recently, John Updike held that reputation, and currently Pynchon and McCarthy are being debated heavily. George Washington Cable, The Grandissimes 1880 24.
Then came the giants, who took even the old world by storm and are still regarded as being among the greats of Western literature: Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and the poet, Walt Whitman. Daniel Fuchs, Summer in Williamsburg 1934 60. Scott Fitzgerald poses the characters in his stories is in the most poetic sense that any reader has seen, take Amory Blaine as an example. It was a stark illustration of the Gilded Age Wharton knew so well, and it remains profoundly tragic. The book is deeply moving as it confronts issues of female identity with the linguistic richness of 1930s Florida. Sexton , Anne Anne Gray Harvey Sexton, American poet and playwright, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ralph Harvey, a successful woolen manufacturer, and Mary Gray Staples.
Everyone is a shade of grey. He was also a literary and art critic. William Faulkner, The Reivers 1962 89. Baum by Harriet Beecher Stowe by Kate Chopin by Theodore Dreiser by Upton Sinclair by Sinclair Lewis by James Fenimore Cooper by Mark Twain by Mark Twain by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Sinclair Lewis by Andy Adams by Willa Sibert Cather by Edith Wharton by Willa Sibert Cather by Mark Twain by Bret Harte. That means when you read Ulysses you're joining a worldwide club of people who have chosen to do something difficult — but ultimately rewarding.