the great american novel was never written, altho i would personally give a half credit to twain's Huckleberry Finn and the other half to Melville's whale novel; now it certainly cant be, as the US is no longer a country. but the great american cartoon was achieved - by a german. you have seen it, and it is this:
[dont have it. one with klan/indian/cheerleader/bomb leg. post if you have it.]
@Someguy strong disagree. he pushed leftist crankery, and in my opinion was a second rater. fitzgerald was better, and could be argued, but i would never put him on a tier with the two i mentioned.
@Alex_Linder Have you read to a god unknown or the winter of our discontent? I thought they were good. East of Eden as well.
@Someguy no, i've read the regular school stuff. i have copy of EE but not got to it yet. the reason he's assigned in school is not his greatness but his leftness. his 'best' work is mostly puling to me. he is not great. read twain. he is not remotely on that level. no one in history matches twain for descriptive power.
@Alex_Linder I mean I didnt like that book personally. Or of mice and men that well either so I dunno what to say.
@harrison_partch @Someguy yes. i have not read all bierce by any means. i have read a 500 page collection. i might make an audio out of it at some point since i finished Saki. but i personally never got too much out of his fiction, without having read it all. but i probably have read all his short stories at least. i've read most Lewis too, he's a solid second-rate writer. i'd rather go back thru and read the Russians and English i havent read than the lower tier americans.