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Top 20 American Novels

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The greatest classics in the American literary tradition, according to me!

Rated 1 point - posted 9 years ago by ArtofWar11 in category Books.
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The Great Gatsby Report Abuse
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Atlas Shrugged Report Abuse
48 points - added 9 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 1 comment
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This book is here because of its political statement, not due to the quality of the writing. It's a very childish view of the world and not worth reading.
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The Scarlet Letter Report Abuse
The classic tale of one woman's struggles after committing adultery and becoming pregnant. The book deals with themes of revenge, sin, and guilt. Even though many of the characters die, at least one of them, Pearl, gets a happy ending.
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The Sound and the Fury Report Abuse
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The Grapes of Wrath Report Abuse
The Great Depression-era story of a family of sharecroppers forced to move to California by the great dust bowl. It brought to light major issues of poverty, despite massive criticism from the Associated Farmers of California and other groups.
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The Last of the Mohicans Report Abuse
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Gone with the Wind Report Abuse
A tragic story of a Southern debutante who loses everything as a result of the Civil War. Scarlett O'Hara pulls herself up from her now harsh circumstances and manages to survive, and she even manages to find love, although it is troubled. Later adapted into a movie that won almost as many awards as the book itself.
14 points - added 9 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 1 comment
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I've always thought this book was overrated. The movie was a classic since it was the first feature in color, and because of great acting. As for the book itself--it can't really compare with Remarque's World War I story, Crane's account of Civil War, or Mailer's Naked and the Dead.
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Ethan Frome Report Abuse
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To Kill a Mockingbird Report Abuse
The classic tale dealing the racism in the early 20th century and the loss of innocence. The book was especially interesting due to the fact that its narrator was young and therefore did not understand the issue of racism that was being dealt with around her.
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Of Mice and Men Report Abuse
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Report Abuse
The story of a precocious boy and his adventures in and around his hometown. There's adventure, suspense, and even a bit of romance. Written by the great American author, Mark Twain.
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Report Abuse
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My all-time favorite.
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This ought to be a very adventurous
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Moby Dick Report Abuse
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I'm rereading this classic. It's better the second time around.
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Little Women Report Abuse
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Fahreheit-451 Report Abuse
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Catch-22 Report Abuse
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Report Abuse
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Flowers for Algernon Report Abuse
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A Farewell to Arms Report Abuse
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Babbitt Report Abuse
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