The Great [$location adjective] Novel, and a lot about women and Greatness - Input Junkie
The Great [$location adjective] Novel, and a lot about women and Greatness|supergee
linked to LeGuin vs. "The Great American Novel"
This reminded me that I'd posted about The Great World Novel
, and Jo Walton picked the topic up
A bit I like from Mohsin Hamid
“Gatsby’s” beauty, “Blood Meridian’s” beauty, “Beloved’s” beauty don’t lie in their capturing something quintessentially American, for there is no such thing.
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U. K. LeG. does have this habit of denying the existence of Robert Heinlein, who used to write the Great American Novel every five years or so.
Which Heinlein novels do you have in mind?
Beyond This Horizon, Starship Troopers, Stranger In A Strange Land, and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress come to mind.
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Remembering from high school lit class -- The Great American Novel was really a *concept*, a Platonian "Ideal Form" that authors tried to instantiate, rather than a singular honor to compete for (since an Ideal Form, like a mathematical infinity, can only be approached and not achieved). The impetus was to overcome a long-standing idea that the New World wasn't capable of producing High Art, in this case Serious Novels.