Examining the concept of the Great American Novel

The other day in writing about how the publishing industry has marginalized the value of the novella, I mentioned two books as being the seminal American books: Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. I stand by that claim but I want to elaborate on the idea of the Great American Novel, a concept long discussed … Continue reading Examining the concept of the Great American Novel

The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)

Continuing from part 1 I’ve read books of behemoth lengths: The Executioner’s Song, the seminal American novel (more on that to come in a future post), Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (a flawed but overall enjoyable Harry Potter alternative), and East of Eden (on par with The Executioner’s Song as being the quintessential American novel, … Continue reading The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)