classic american literature

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Floating teetH, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Hi.

    I'm at the library.

    About a week ago i finished "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. I thought it was as wonderful story because the main character, whatever his name, deals w/ many problems with which ia am familiar. Like when he orders a whiskey and soda and tries to remember to ask for it w/out ice the next time so he can see how much he pours and doesn't have to worry about mixing it too thin. also, love, war, death and other common (thought less important) issues. there's also alot of cheese.

    thank you for your time.
  2. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    You can thank Huck Finn for making American Literature happen.
  3. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Twain was brilliant although I don't know if I agree with that statement. I love Twain.

    I like Hemingway too.

    Richard Wright and Kurt Vonnegut are also faves.

    brad cook
  4. Don't forget Faulkner! I personally am not a huge fan, but he is considered to be a great American writer.
  5. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Michael Moore - a modern day Dostoyevsky.
  6. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    And I hope to God you're kidding.

    Back to the point --

    Try some Virginia Woolfe if you want some "modern" American classic literature. (Be forewarned, it's like slogging through somebody else's bad dreams.)

    Vonnegut was a great writer.
    Faulkner, not so much, just wrote a lot. In long, long, long, long sentences.
    My mother swears there's a book he wrote that has a 7-page sentence in it.

    Native Son was a great book, eh Digme?

    How about... The Great Gatsby? F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Grapes of Wrath? Steinbeck.

    To Kill a Mockingbird?

    WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS?!!?!?!?! (2nd grade!)

    Take a chance and read some Douglas Adams. Not American, but I wish he was.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    What!! :mad:

    British I think!! :eyebrow:

    Oh and no E on the end...

    For great American Literature - read anything by Thomas Pynchon ! :)
  8. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Yes, it blew my early college mind.

    Black Boy and his short stories are great too.

    brad cook
  9. Yea, Miss Woolf was most definitely British.
  10. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    What about Walt Whitman, the exerpts of Leaves of Grass I read were great. He's not from the same generation of Hemingway though.

    I love American literature, it has a certain -wideness- in itself, a reflection of the vastness of the US, that I like a lot, the space that I miss terribly here in Europe.
  11. let's see

    the great gatsby
    walt whitman as vorago mentioned
    the other guy who wrote walden
    maybe catcher in the rye
    don delillo(sp?) with underworld(I think, bit heavyish)
    was golding american?
    the secret history by donna tart not classic, really good though.
    and of course

    on the road by jack kerouac, although it's either love or hate really
    quite a random list this, but who cares..

    do note that hemingway is rather unique, in my opinion you won't find his style of writing anywhere...
  12. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It should all be classified as "English Literature" anyway!! :)
  14. nah english literature is way better ;)

  15. burntgorilla


    Jan 24, 2005
    I really really hated The Catcher In The Rye. Such a dull book. America has some good playwrights, though, like Tennessee Williams.

    By the way, where have my Quick Reply and Quote buttons gone?
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Right on!

    Just like anyone playing Jazz anywhere in the world is playing "American Music". ;)

    Love the Great Gatsby...
  17. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Is English Literature a reference to the language of the literature or the place it is created?

    I like:

    Moby Dick
    Grapes of Wrath
    Brave New World
  18. Bleh.

    Seriously, F*** Hemingway.

    Faulkner was where the stuff was.
  19. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    In UK universities it's a reference to the language not the locale.