Posts Tagged ‘american literature’


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.


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.



From the Horace’s arse: U.S. lit sucks

October 2, 2008

The last American writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature was Toni Morrison, in 1993. Why has it been so long since another has been honored? Perhaps Nobel Prize judge Horace Engdahl’s opinion on the quality of American literature will shed some light: “The US is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature,” he said. “That ignorance is restraining.”

Read the article here.