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American Novelists

Notable Novels

  • Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
    From The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English
    Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel describes the disillusionment of its thoughtful, conformist hero with the stifling manners and mores of 19th-century New York society.
  • Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    A novel by Sinclair Lewis, published in 1922. It depicts the complacency and materialism of George F. Babbitt, a real-estate agent and representative middle-class family man from the city of Zenith in the American Midwest.
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
    From Brewer's Curious Titles
    A novel (1961) by Joseph Heller (1923-99) about the experiences of Captain Yossarian of the 256th United States (Army) bombing squadron in Italy during the Second World War.
  • Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    The only novel by the American writer Margaret Mitchell (1900-49), published in 1936 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the following year. An immediate best-seller, it has sold more than 25 million copies, been translated into 27 languages and inspired an enduringly popular film.
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Non-fiction novel (1965) by US writer Truman Capote. Subtitled ‘A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences’, it was based on interviews and tells of the murder of a Kansas farming family in 1959.
  • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    A novel by Herman Melville, published in New York and London in 1851. The British title was The Whale. The highly complex story begins with the narrator Ishmael's decision to go to sea.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Novel (1876) by US author Mark Twain. It describes the childhood escapades of Tom Sawyer and his friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper in a small Mississippi community before the Civil War.
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
    From The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
    Novel by J.D. Salinger (1919-), about adolescence rather than for adolescents, and widely seen as a precursor of (or to blame for) probably the most common form of writing for young adults.
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    A novel by John Steinbeck, published in 1939 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize the following year. The novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers who are driven off their land by soil erosion.
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    A novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925.
    The narrator, Nick Carraway, rents a cottage in West Egg, Long Island, next door to the mansion of Jay Gatsby and across the water from the home of Tom Buchanan and his wife Daisy, Carraway's cousin.
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
    A novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1926. The English edition which appeared the following year was entitled Fiesta. Set in the mid-1920s, it deals with the ‘lost generation’ of American and British expatriates who have settled in Paris, depicted here as a moral wasteland of drunkenness and promiscuity.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia
    Novel by the US writer Harper Lee (born 1926) published in 1960. Set in a small town in Alabama in the 1930s, it is a dramatic depiction of racial tension and prejudice.

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