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John Scalzi says listen to your teacher: The Great American Novel is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

John Scalzi says listen to your teacher: The Great American Novel is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Asking a bunch of literate people about the Great American Novel is an open invitation for us all to show off and make cogent, compelling arguments about the importance of [insert a favorite novel here] in the canon of American literature, regardless of whether anyone outside our small circle of literary compatriots knows of the novel or would agree. As a science fiction and fantasy writer, for example, I can make a pretty good argument for Philip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” or Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” or maybe even Mark Helprin’s “Winter’s Tale,” and I might even get a cheering section behind the...

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