It’s time to cast your lot: what is The Great American Novel? Cather or Fitzgerald? Lee or Bellow? Stephen King?
To help make this impossible question less impossible, we’ve decided to limit each great writer to one book apiece–that means if you’re looking for As I Lay Dying, you won’t find it, but you will find The Sound and the Fury. You only get one vote, so make it count. We’ve tried to include as many deserving books as we could, but if your vote is for a book not included, let us know in the comments. If you fill in your pick through the “Other” field, we’ll be sure to update the books we see there, below the poll.
Books receiving votes through the “Other” field: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand; It by Stephen King; The World According to Garp by John Irving; The Cider House Rules by John Irving; Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey; The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen; Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty; Plainsong by Kent Haruf; Call it Sleep by Henry Roth; Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis; American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson; The Octopus by Frank Norris; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; East of Eden by John Steinbeck; American Gods by Neil Gaiman; Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; True Grit by Charles Portis; The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck; Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; Dune by Frank Herbert; Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe; The Origin of the Brunists by Robert Coover; From Here to Eternity by James Jones; Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson; Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller; So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell; Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen; The Godfather by Mario Puzo; The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein; A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley; JR by William Gaddis; The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor; The History of Love by Nicole Krauss; Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany;