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Great American Novels

Description: From Wikipedia: The "Great American Novel" is the concept of a novel that is distinguished in both craft and theme as being the most accurate representation of the spirit of the age in the United States at the time of its writing or in the time it is set. It is presumed to be written by an American author who is knowledgeable about the state, culture, and perspective of the common American citizen. The author uses the literary work to identify and exhibit the language used by the American people of the time and to capture the unique American experience, especially as it is perceived for the time. Keywords: American literature, American fiction, American classics, American novels

Based on tag: Great American Novel

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25,628 members, 438 reviews
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