Quintessential American Fiction, According to the Rest of the World

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On the occasion of the 4th of July, we the asked the rest of the world for its opinion on American literature. In a deeply unscientific survey of nearly 50 writers, editors, publishers, critics, show more and translators, representing 30 countries, we asked them to name three quintessentially American books, and tell us about their choices. show less
WorkOrder LabelYear
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
12014
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
11957
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
11951
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
21991
Light in August by William Faulkner
21932
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
21930
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
21884
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
32002
Underworld by Don DeLillo
31997
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
31996
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
31980
Light Years by James Salter
31975
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
31955
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
31950
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
31940
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville
31853
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
31850
Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li
42014
The Son by Philipp Meyer
42013
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
42013
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
42013
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
42012
11/22/63 by Stephen King
42011
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
42011
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
42010
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
42008
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
42006
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
42005
Damned If I Do: Stories by Percival Everett
42004
Sweet Land Stories by E. L. Doctorow
42004
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
42003
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
42002
Still Can't See Nothin' Comin' by Daniel Grey Marshall
42001
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
42000
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
42000
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
42000
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
42000
Close Range by Annie Proulx
41999
Lord of the Barnyard: Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Cornbelt by Tristan Egolf
41998
King Suckerman by George P. Pelecanos
41997
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
41997
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace
41997
The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
41995
Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
41995
The Swimmer by John Cheever
41994
The Love of The Last Tycoon: A Western by F. Scott Fitzgerald
41993
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
41993
What Work Is by Philip Levine
41991
Sweet Talk by Stephanie Vaughn
41990
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
41988
Beloved by Toni Morrison
41987
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
41987
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
41985
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
41985
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver
41981
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
41979
Collected Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry
41979
Falconer by John Cheever
41977
Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop
41976
Speedboat by Renata Adler
41976
Ragtime: A Novel by E. L. Doctorow
41975
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
41974
Donald Duck ([Walt Disney best comics series]) by Carl Barks
41974
Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder
41973
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
41973
SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas
41971
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
41969
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
41967
The Last Gentleman: A Novel by Walker Percy
41966
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
41964
The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
41962
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
41961
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
41961
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
41960
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
41959
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
41957
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
41953
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
41953
Let It Come Down by Paul Bowles
41952
Tracy's Tiger by William Saroyan
41951
A Rose for Emily {story} by William Faulkner
41945
The Lost Weekend by Charles Jackson
41944
Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers
41941
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
41939
U.S.A. by John Dos Passos
41938
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
41936
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
41935
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
41933
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
41929
Amerika by Franz Kafka
41927
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
41925
Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
41922
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
41922
To Build a Fire and Other Stories by Jack London
41908
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
41791
Collected Stories by Tennesse William
41969
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On the occasion of the 4th of July, we the asked the rest of the world for its opinion on American literature. In a deeply unscientific survey of nearly 50 writers, editors, publishers, critics, and translators, representing 30 countries, we asked them to name three quintessentially American books, and tell us about their choices.

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On the occasion of the 4th of July, we the asked the rest of the world for its opinion on American literature. In a deeply unscientific survey of nearly 50 writers, editors, publishers, critics, and translators, representing 30 countries, we asked them to name three quintessentially American books, and tell us about their choices.

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