Who was the greatest American Novelist?
Let me first state that if you think Steven King is an answer to this question - please go away.
America has had some great novelist, who do you think was the greatest American Novelist?
William Seward Burroughs II, as a second choice I would go for William Gibson.
I'm now ashamed that I ...don't even know who William Gibson is!
Contemporary novelist, SF, invented the genre of cyberpunk, USA, born novelist. Spent, I think, most of his childhood in Canada. Wrote the novel Neuromancer, excellent style, and use of language.
It's funny, the Canadian's claim Gibson as a Canadian author
Gibson has dual nationality I believe. It wasn't his childhood in Canada, it was a spell there to dodge the draft, he has, I believe a Cansdian wife. Even if Canada claim his a Canadian writer, canda is still a country in the N, America, still make
My personal favorite of the 'great American authors' is Mark Twain but Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Melville and many others could also be argued. Twain's my favorite because I just love the way that man told a story.
Booth Tarkington, Hemingway, or Sinclair Lewis...I never get tired reading any of these guys...Booth received two Pulitzers...
For me it would be Steinbeck and Hemingway because I would have a real tough time picking one over the other.
I would definitely have to say, Mark Twain. I know everyone has their own opinion, but I love his writing style and wit. I also like reading about the American time period he covers. I often daydream about what it would be like to live in that era and in the simple, but hard-working, way of life that most people had. (Of course I would like it to be idealized by a lack of slavery.)
The "greatest" American novelist is not dead -- he/she may not have been born yet!
Each author brings a different perspective to his/her writing, which means great modern American authors like Hemingway and Faulkner saw life differently and told stories differently than great contemporary fiction writers like Cormac McCarthy or Toni Morrison.
Is one of these authors greater than the other? Nah. Each of these writers is great in his/her way.
BTW, Hemingway put a Pulitzer on the shelf in 1953; Faulkner in 1955 and 1963; McCarthy in 2007; and Morrison in 1988.
Faulkner, and Hemingway won Nobel prizes...do you think the Pulitzer is more prestigious?
Both are prestigious awards -- just different in scope. The Nobel encompasses all the author's works; A Pulitzer focuses on one piece. Does that mean one is better than the other? Maybe -- either prize is a nice haul, though.
My first thought was Mark Twain. My second thought was Edgar Allen Poe. But the greatest American book I have ever read was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. That is the book and novel that stays with me.
However, my 'bible' growing up was Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
Then there is my hero - Isaac Asimov among a few other science fiction writers like Heinlein and Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.
Oh there are so many writers I admire.
Thanks, I knew you'd have some good ones if you showed up!!! Vonnegut might be my very favourite...I favour Steinbeck and Hemingway, but I'd never be able to say "this guy is my fave."
Douglas Adams is English, born at Cambridge, UK, I believe.
In my opinion it's John Steinbeck.I have read everything he wrote and never fail to find something worthwhile.
ok well maybe he not a novelist but DR Suess Waz pretty great
I am surprised no one said Steven King. As for as horror and suspense, he is one of the best! Mark Twain is another one I never get tired of.
I'll have a stab at this one, as long as you can tell me who is the greatest British writer - and don't take the easy way out with Will Shakespeare!
For my money I'd say Samuel Langhorne Clemens - Mark Twain to anyone else. He had a good way with words, as did Hemingway, but 'Hemmers' tended to let his emotions cloud his writing. I'd say Longfellow is another candidate for the title, with his 'Hawkeye' story, an education for anyone who thought British involvement in the Americas ended at Yorktown.
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