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America the Beautiful in Books

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“Now I wrote until near dawn, wanting a map of the literary nation, a beautiful evocation of how we are truly a nation of village and city and prairie and brownstone, of Rockies and bayous and mesas. Novels give to every reader someone else’s home. Can we not see this – we of wonder and grievance?” Susan Straight creates a map of America in 737 novels, prompting us to remember the perennial literary question: What is the greatest American novel?

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One Response to “America the Beautiful in Books”

  1. toad
    at 11:44 am on July 6, 2017

    The point of the map is that the story of America is not one novel, but many.

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