Twenty-Five Great American Novels

A Listmania! list by Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana" (New York, NY USA)
 
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics)
1.  Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics) by Herman Melville
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  "Mellville's literary masterpiece - a sea saga of vengeance and obsession & a contender for the best work of fiction by an American author."
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My Antonia (Virago Modern Classics)
2.  My Antonia (Virago Modern Classics) by Willa Cather
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  "A rich, soulful book, set in Nebraska in the late 1900s. It tells the story of Antonia, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Bohemian family planning to farm on untamed land."
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The House of Mirth (Wordsworth Classics)
3.  The House of Mirth (Wordsworth Classics) by Edith Wharton
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  "My favorite Edith Wharton novel, featuring an extraordinary heroine, Lily Bart. If you haven't read this - you should. You won't be sorry!"
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Washington Square
4.  Washington Square by Henry, Jr. James
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  "One of Henry James' most accessable novels - the story of a young spinster dominated by her father, and her quest for love and independence - set in New York City's Washington Square. Shattering!"
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Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
5.  Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Theodore Dreiser
The list author says:
  "Dreiser's novel, published in 1900, was revolutionary for the time. An 18-year old girl moves from country to city and becomes a "kept woman." The author's nonmoralizing account remains valid today."
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Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
6.  Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics) by Sherwood Anderson
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  "This is really twenty-one connected stories, not a traditional novel. However Sherwood Anderson's portrait of smalltown life in rural Middle America deserves mention here for its greatness alone."
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For Whom The Bell Tolls
7.  For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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  "Hemmingway at his best on the Spanish Civil War; a love story - and much more, with beautifully portrayed characters."
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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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  ""Gatsby" epitomizes The Great American Novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald on the 1920s Jazz Age, a memorable storyline, and a masterful and captivating use of the English language."
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The Grapes of Wrath
9.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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  "A major American novel of tenant farmers, migrant workers and broken dreams from the Dust Bowl to California."
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Native Son (Vintage Classics)
10.  Native Son (Vintage Classics) by Richard Wright
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  "A stark, beautifully written novel of the African American plight in 1940s America."
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From Here to Eternity
11.  From Here to Eternity by James Jones
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  "The best WWII novel, from an American point of view. (In my opinion)."
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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library)
12.  Crossing to Safety (Modern Library) by Wallace Stegner
The list author says:
  "A master craftsman writes a powerful novel about friendship and love - compelling!"
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On the Road (Penguin Classics)
13.  On the Road (Penguin Classics) by Kerouac
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  "The autobiographical novel that is the soul of the Beat Generation - a cross-country bohemian odyessy."
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Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction)
14.  Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction) by Richard Yates
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  "It is the world's loss that author Yates' died before his time. It is a loss, almost as great, that many of his books are still out of print. His characters, dialogue and prose will blow you away!"
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Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
15.  Catch-22 (Vintage Classics) by Joseph Heller
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  "A brilliant satire of war in our time,"
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To Kill A Mockingbird
16.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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  "Harper Lee's only novel is an American classic about racism & law in a small Alabama town. One of my very favorite books."
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The Keepers of the House (Voices of the South)
17.  The Keepers of the House (Voices of the South) by Shirley Ann Grau
The list author says:
  "Shirley Ann Grau won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for this magnificent novel of the South, and the color-line. Wonderful characters. If you love "To Kill A Mocking Bird," you will love this too!"
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Moviegoer
18.  Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The list author says:
  "Binx Bolling, inveterate cinemaphile, contemplative rake and peripheral man, tries hedonism, then attempts doing the right thing, and ultimately finds redemption by taking a leap of faith. Brilliant!"
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The Catcher in the Rye
19.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Holden Caulfield's memorable coming of age story is an absolute classic that will break your heart and make you laugh."
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Lonesome Dove
20.  Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
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  "Mc Murtry's saga of the men and women in the Old West, is chock-full of adventure, excitement, and love! A wonderful, unputdownable read!"
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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
21.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time! Vonnegut's absurdest classic focuses on Pilgrim's experiences as a man kidnapped by aliens, & as a US POW who  witnesses the firebombing of Dresden."
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Deliverance (Bloomsbury Film Classics)
22.  Deliverance (Bloomsbury Film Classics) by James Dickey
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  "A group of men, on a weekend adventure, are faced with unexpected violence. Chilling"
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A Winter's Tale
23.  A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
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  "Helprin's prose is exquisite in this story of New York during the Belle Epoque, and the multiple lives of protagonist Peter Lake."
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The Right Stuff (Picador Books)
24.  The Right Stuff (Picador Books) by Tom Wolfe
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  "Wolfe brought a wonderful new style of writing to the American scene with his journalistic fiction. This saga of America's first astronauts is his best."
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Gone with the Wind
25.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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  "Some may think it is blasphemous to list GWTW along with "The Great Gatsby."  Although Mitchell's writing style may not have influenced many writers, her novel certainly has an impact  on readers!!"
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