Who was the greatest American Novelist?

Jump to Last Post 1-13 of 13 discussions (30 posts)
  1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years ago

    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?

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/6541396_f260.jpg

  2. thost profile image61
    thostposted 6 years ago

    I like Mark Twain, you can read him over and over.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks very much, Sir - he is certainly high up on the list!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. MickS profile image69
    MickSposted 6 years ago

    William Seward Burroughs II, as a second choice I would go for William Gibson.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'm now ashamed that I ...don't even know who William Gibson is!

    2. MickS profile image69
      MickSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's funny, the Canadian's claim Gibson as a Canadian author smile

    4. MickS profile image69
      MickSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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

  4. Georgie Lowery profile image93
    Georgie Loweryposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      All great ones...but what about Hemingway??????

  5. maven101 profile image80
    maven101posted 6 years ago

    Booth Tarkington, Hemingway, or Sinclair Lewis...I never get tired reading any of these guys...Booth received two Pulitzers...

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I believe that Hemingway and Lewis won NOBEL prizes for Literature!!!!!!!!!!  I'll have to fact check that though.

      Also, Faulkner and Steinbeck did.

  6. point2make profile image79
    point2makeposted 6 years ago

    For me it would be Steinbeck and Hemingway because I would have a real tough time picking one over the other.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Point2make!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  7. Eric Calderwood profile image81
    Eric Calderwoodposted 6 years ago

    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.)

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I can't argue with that!!!!!!!!!!

  8. profile image0
    timmathisenposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Faulkner, and Hemingway won Nobel prizes...do you think the Pulitzer is more prestigious?

    2. profile image0
      timmathisenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  9. Austinstar profile image84
    Austinstarposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Austinstar!!!!!!!!!!!!

      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."

    2. MickS profile image69
      MickSposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Douglas Adams is English, born at Cambridge, UK, I believe.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    In my opinion it's John Steinbeck.I have read everything he wrote and never fail to find something worthwhile.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I've not read them all, but certainly I loved the ones that I have read!!!!!!!!

  11. starme77 profile image69
    starme77posted 6 years ago

    ok well maybe he not a novelist but DR Suess Waz pretty great smile

    1. Highvoltagewriter profile image79
      Highvoltagewriterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      As far Children books, I can not think of any Americans that were better!

  12. Highvoltagewriter profile image79
    Highvoltagewriterposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I spent my early teen years reading every King novel published at the time...I'm so burned out on S.K....

  13. alancaster149 profile image85
    alancaster149posted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      alancaster149 - Oh I'd never take that easy a way out...with Shakespeare!  He's too obvious a choice!!!!!!!  I like Chaucer quite a lot, REALLY, I do!

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)