Best American Books of all time

Best American Books of all time

JANUARY 16, 2018

About a year ago, Massachusetts architect David Handlin embarked on an experiment to give his reading “purpose and focus.” He committed to reading only American novels and decided to compile a list of the 100 best that were published between 1770 and 1985. He shared that list with The American Scholar and called it a “draft.”…

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Best Classical novels to read

Best Classical novels to read

JANUARY 11, 2018

Just because a novel is on a national bestseller list—or sells hundreds of thousands of copies—doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. The reverse is also true, especially of genre…

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Best novels for reading

Best novels for reading

JANUARY 06, 2018

It isn’t just Hollywood that saves its blockbusters for summer. Book publishers are gearing up for one of the hottest lineups in years. This crowded season includes a novel by Harper Lee, her first in more than half a century, Judy Blume, who hasn’t delivered a book for adults in 16 years, and another (perhaps final one) by…

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Best Black Books

Best Black Books

JANUARY 01, 2018

Everyone loves second-hand bookshops, don’t they? The satisfaction of leafing through some dusty volume of antiquarian musings, the rich scent of aged leather bindings, redolent of the past… Add to all that the opportunity to indulge in some intellectual posing and impress the philosophy student lounging in the corner, and you’ve…

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African novels

African novels

DECEMBER 27, 2017

University of Leeds professor Brendon Nicholls made a list of the “Five African Novels to Read Before You Die” yesterday, and it’s a fine list, if your best-case scenario is that literate first-world types manage to read a handful of creative works from Africa in their lifetime. And let’s be real, most Westerners are not even…

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Contemporary American Literature Reading list

Contemporary American Literature Reading list

DECEMBER 22, 2017

Building on a record of excellence in the student s M.A. preparation in the broad range of English and American literature, the Ph.D. student in literature should work toward increased sophistication in his/her scholarship. The Ph.D. student should continue to strengthen and deepen an understanding of three distinct but related…

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Best books by American Authors

Best books by American Authors

DECEMBER 17, 2017

If you’ve already laid in a supply of guacamole and stocked up on tequila for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, may I suggest a more meaningful way to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862? Why not honor the contributions of Mexican Americans to our country’s culture by reading an…

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Female American Novelists

Female American Novelists

DECEMBER 12, 2017

Harper Lee: Wikipedia has now reinstated the Pulitzer-winning author to the American novelists category. Photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Wikipedia has a category for American novelists , but it runs to so many names that the site has said pages in this category should be moved to subcategories…

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American Fiction Novel

American Fiction Novel

DECEMBER 07, 2017

Once upon a time there were good American novels and bad ones, but none was thought of as a work of art. The Novel Art tells the story of how, beginning with Henry James, this began to change. Examining the late-nineteenth century movement to elevate the status of the novel, its sources, paradoxes, and reverberations into the…

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American Literature authors

American Literature authors

DECEMBER 02, 2017

William Bradford was elected governor of Plymouth in the Massachusetts Bay Colony shortly after the Separatists landed. He was a deeply pious, self-educated man who had learned several languages, including Hebrew, in order to see with his own eyes the ancient oracles of God in their native beauty. His participation in the…

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