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Twenty-Five GREAT American Novels

Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana"
 
Moby-Dick (Bantam Classics)
Moby-Dick (Bantam Classics)
"Melville's literary masterpiece  - a sea saga of vengeance and obsession & a contender for the best work of fiction by an American author."
My Antonia
My Antonia
"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."
The House of Mirth (Signet Classics)
The House of Mirth (Signet Classics)
"My favorite Edith Wharton novel, featuring an extraordinary heroine, Lily Bart. If you haven't read this - you should. You won't be sorry!"
Washington Square (Modern Library Classics)
Washington Square (Modern Library Classics)
"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!"
Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Sister Carrie (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
"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."
Winesburg, Ohio
Winesburg, Ohio
"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."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
""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."
For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls
"Hemmingway at his best on the Spanish Civil War; a love story  -  and much more, with beautifully portrayed characters."
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
"A major American novel of tenant farmers, migrant workers and broken dreams from the Dust Bowl to California."
Native Son
Native Son
"A stark, beautifully written, novel of the African American plight in 1940s America."
From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
"The best WWII novel, from an American point of view, in my opinion."
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
"A master craftsman writes a powerful novel about friendship and love - compelling!"
On the Road
On the Road
"The autobiographical novel that is the soul of the Beat Generation - a cross-country bohemian odyessy."
Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
"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!"
Catch-22
Catch-22
"A brilliant satire of war in our time."
Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-Five
"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."
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
"Harper Lee's only work is an American classic about racism & law in a small Alabama town. One of my very favorite novels."
Keepers of the House
Keepers of the House
"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!"
The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
"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!"
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"Holden Caulfield's memorable coming of age story is an absolute classic that will break your heart and make you laugh."
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
"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!"
Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"A group of men, on a weekend adventure, are faced with unexpected violence. Chilling!"
Winter's Tale
Winter's Tale
"Helprin's prose is exquisite in this novel of New York during the Belle Epoque, and the multiple lives of protagonist Peter Lake."
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
"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."
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
"Some may think it is blasphemous to list GWTW along with "The Great Gatsby," etc.. Although Mitchell's writing style may not have influenced  many writers, her novel certainly impacted readers!!"