The Greatest American Novel

Oh, that eternal question.

What is the Greatest American Novel?

The usual ones that are always in the conversation are included in this article but I was pleasantly surprised to see Invisible Man mentioned, in my opinion it is a serious contender that has never been given enough consideration, and I was shocked to see Corregidora on the list. Corregidora is a very powerful, thought provoking novel that deserves alot more acclaim and wider readership.

I think there needs to be a broader discussion within American Literature about its Greatest Novel that includes works by black writers. The many great works that have been written justify their place in the conversation.

Ralph Ellison, Gayl Jones, Zora Neal Hurston, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, and others have made great contributions to American Literature.

An American Literature that is alive and still evolving.

It did not end with Huck Finn and Moby Dick.

The Greatest American Novel?

9 Experts Share Their Opinions

The Great American Novel is the great superlative of American life. We’ve had our poets, composers, philosophers, and painters, too, but no medium matches the spirit of our country like the novel does. The novel is grand, ambitious, limitless in its imagined possibility. It strains towards the idea that all of life may be captured in a story, just as we strain through history to make self-evident truths real on earth.

So, when you set out to debate “the great American novel,” the stakes are high.

We asked nine English scholars to choose one novel as the greatest our country has ever produced.


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