I found this on LibraryThing just now. Apparently The Millions perpetrated this list of the Best American Novels. Here are my responses:
1. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain -- yeah sure, okay, whatevs
2. The Ambassadors - Henry James -- no, for realz?! James'd be horrified. Murrikin? HIM?
3. Corregidora - Gayl Jones -- who? What? Where was I that day? Who's Gayl and why should I read something about the Battle of Corregidor that's misspelled by an author who's name looks misspelled?
4. The Godfather - Mario Puzo -- *BWAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAHAAAAA*
5. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison -- boring, repetitious twaddle
6. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton -- agreed
7. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -- agreed
8. The Making of Americans - Gertrude Stein -- *shocked silence* not even pretentious feminist Womyn's Studies wimmin read this ridiculous poseuese's hemidemiseminovel anymore!
9. Moby Dick - Herman Melville -- agreed
So that's 1/3 I could see putting forward to representing Murrikin letters to the world. [To Kill A Mockingbird] for sure and certain should be on the list. I've never read [Lonesome Dove]...should I? And, one wonders, why NINE instead of TEN?
What would you add? What would you keep? Inquiring minds want to know!