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Great writers, by state

August 1, 2011

Herman MelvilleBecause everyone needs a list: Publishers Weekly offers the consideration of which American state is the literary king of the hill. New York seems a natural winner—

32. New York – Tie: Walt Whitman and Herman Melville. New York is the unchallenged king of the U.S. when it comes to pumping out writers.

—but—

5. California – John Steinbeck. California has a good number of writers, but can’t compete with New York.

—really? No Ray Bradbury? Or, at least, Illinois, where they placed Ernest Hemmingway?

That, I suppose, is the fun of such lists. Add to or argue as you see fit.

-bd

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