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Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:23 PM
Greatest work of American literature we have seen? My vote's a yes.

JBucc
11-15-2005, 04:37 PM
:shrug: never read it

Jenny Gump
11-15-2005, 04:38 PM
Of Mice and Men

Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:39 PM
:shrug: never read it

Shoot, it's real short. You could read it in a night.

Count Zarth
11-15-2005, 04:39 PM
My mind immediately said Lord of the Rings but then I realized that's not American.

Is there a list somewhere?

Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:39 PM
Of Mice and Men

I knew Steinbeck would come up soon, just figured it'd be Grapes instead.

Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:40 PM
My mind immediately said Lord of the Rings but then I realized that's not American.

Is there a list somewhere?

Probably. Now I'm going to look.

CosmicPal
11-15-2005, 04:40 PM
You really can't get any more American than Grapes of Wrath.

Jenny Gump
11-15-2005, 04:43 PM
What about Huck Finn? One of the greatest...gotta be in the top 5.

CosmicPal
11-15-2005, 04:46 PM
What about Huck Finn? One of the greatest...gotta be in the top 5.

That too.

nychief
11-15-2005, 04:53 PM
First of all it is a dramatic work. Secondly, although good, it is not even the best american play of all time.

chagrin
11-15-2005, 04:54 PM
Greatest work of American literature we have seen? My vote's a yes.


But I said to Artie, "Artie, why does the salesman have to die? Change the title; The life of a salesman. That's what people want to see."

Baby Lee
11-15-2005, 04:56 PM
Bonfire of the Vanities.

Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:56 PM
First of all it is a dramatic work. Secondly, although good, it is not even the best american play of all time.

Alright, go on. What is?

FloridaChief
11-15-2005, 04:57 PM
You may want to check out "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder for a tremendous American stageplay...

ChiefFripp
11-15-2005, 04:58 PM
I knew Steinbeck would come up soon, just figured it'd be Grapes instead.

I like East of Eden the best .

Jenson71
11-15-2005, 04:58 PM
You may want to check out "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder for a tremendous American stageplay...

Funny you mention that. UNI is putting that on this weekend. And I'll definitely be there.

Count Zarth
11-15-2005, 05:13 PM
Does anyone in this thread need any grey poupon?

KC Jones
11-15-2005, 05:14 PM
bah - the screen play for anal intruders #17 blows all of those away.

:)

Seriously though, I'd have to consider Heart of Darkness and maybe ... ah crap James Joyce was Irish wasn't he? Never mind.

Reaper16
11-15-2005, 05:41 PM
You may want to check out "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder for a tremendous American stageplay...
I always found "Our Town" incredibly pretentious.

FloridaChief
11-15-2005, 05:57 PM
I always found "Our Town" incredibly pretentious.

No kidding? I always found *myself* incredibly pretentious...

nychief
11-15-2005, 06:13 PM
Alright, go on. What is?

It is a great play, don't get me wrong. But I would put Long Days Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and Zoo Story ahead of it - but again this is all debatable.

Reaper16
11-15-2005, 06:17 PM
No kidding? I always found *myself* incredibly pretentious...
ROFL

CosmicPal
11-15-2005, 06:20 PM
I think Romo's lastest book is the best American literature ever penned.

:rolleyes:

It is however a must read for crackheads, pimps, homosexual clowns, runaway teens, meth-heads, and professional knife throwers.

FloridaChief
11-15-2005, 06:28 PM
It is a great play, don't get me wrong. But I would put Long Days Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and Zoo Story ahead of it - but again this is all debatable.

O'Neill's works would certainly be included amongst the best this country's produced. Tennessee Williams as well...

Zoo Story is an interesting choice and I loved it--saw it performed years ago.. Waiting For Godot is the better-known Albee play, but probably too esoteric for consideration...

nychief
11-15-2005, 06:29 PM
O'Neill's works would certainly be included amongst the best this country's produced. Tennessee Williams as well...

Zoo Story is an interesting choice and I loved it--saw it performed years ago.. Waiting For Godot is the better-known Albee play, but probably too esoteric for consideration...


Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot.

Extra Point
11-15-2005, 06:42 PM
Breakfast of Champions--Vonnegut, The Pearl-- Steinbeck, Old Man and the Sea-- Hemingway; all tied. "Cheerdowns" from Death of a Salesman.

FloridaChief
11-15-2005, 06:47 PM
Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot.

You would of course be correct. And so continues my ability to confuse the works of Albee and Beckett, now a good 25-years strong...

Excuse me while I :banghead:

Pants
11-15-2005, 06:59 PM
Ahhh, good ol' DoaS. Read it at least 5 times through out my learning career. A good read, but I pretty much have it memorized by now, lol.

Reaper16
11-15-2005, 08:18 PM
O'Neill's works would certainly be included amongst the best this country's produced. Tennessee Williams as well...

Zoo Story is an interesting choice and I loved it--saw it performed years ago.. Waiting For Godot is the better-known Albee play, but probably too esoteric for consideration...
Waiting for Godot, now there's a work I really enjoy. Beckett's a good man; I enjoyed Endgame as well.

BigRedChief
11-15-2005, 08:43 PM
The great American Novel had already been written long before most of us were born.

John Steinback's Grapes of Wrath

It spoke to all the human yearning for what is right and best in all of us no matter what we faced.

Skip Towne
11-15-2005, 08:54 PM
"Our American Cousin". Especially the 19th century version. It had the most dramatic concluson of any play in American history.

Chiefs Pantalones
11-15-2005, 08:56 PM
I've always been fond of the classic, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle."