“The Great American Novel” is in my top five — and it’s not by Ernest Hemingway, according to an editor
published by The New York Times on Sunday.
The Times cited three editors who worked on the book, as well as a critic and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
“It’s a collection of short stories, all of them written by Hemingways’ contemporaries, but with some of them set in America,” the editors wrote.
“The story line is as American as the landscape is American.”
Hemingweiser, who died in 1991, was also the subject of a 2013 biography by Stephen King.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Quiet American,” was published by Random House in 2012.
The editors described the book as “a celebration of the beauty of American life, with a message of hope, and a tribute to the American literary tradition.”
The New Yorker called the book a “classic in American literature.”
Read more about the book below.
The book is “a collection of five short stories written by three of Hemingwist’s contemporaries, with some set in the American West,” according to the editors.
“Each one of them is the story of a life and a career in the writer’s mind.”
The authors described a young Hemingwick’s career as a “revolving door” that took him from a rural Ohio farm to a New York publishing house, where he eventually wrote “the best novel ever written,” “The Sun Also Rises” and “American Picnic.”
He also wrote the “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” and the novel “The Color Purple.”
The “The Longest Day” and other books were also written by his fellow writers, the editors noted.
“These stories are both his personal reflections on his career and his reflection on the American experience,” the authors wrote.
The New Republic called the anthology a “love letter to the best of the writer.”
The Times called it “a rich, often darkly funny, sometimes heart-rending portrait of the author.”
The book was written and edited by a group of writers who “rejected Heming’s brand of fiction and its pretensions to realism and elegance,” the Times noted.
It was published in 2017.
Read more from The New Atlantic: “The ‘Best American Novel’ is a Classic in American Literature”Read more about HemingWist and the New York Book Festival.