14 Great American Novels: Our Top Picks

Which book deserves the title?

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

absalom, absalom! A great american novel by william faulkner

Absalom, Absalom!

By William Faulker

the grapes of wrath, a great american novel

The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck

invisible man, a book by black author ralph ellison

Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

To Kill a Mockingbird, a great american novel

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Toni Morrison Beloved - a great american novel

Beloved

By Toni Morrison

the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay, a great american novel

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

By Michael Chabon

Overlooked Great American Novels

My Ántonia

My Ántonia

By Willa Cather

them, a great american novel by joyce carol oates

them

By Joyce Carol Oates

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

By Oscar Hijuelos

middlesex, a modern classic book by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex

By Jeffrey Eugenides

americanah by black author chimamanda ngozi adichie, a great american novel

Americanah

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie