The Dream of the Great American Novel by Lawrence Buell

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May 2014, no. 361
Maximalism and US literary history

The Dream of the Great American Novel

by Lawrence Buell

Harvard University Press (Inbooks), $59.95 hb, 579 pp, 9780674051157

The Dream of the Great American Novel by Lawrence Buell

Reviewed by
May 2014, no. 361

Well, it’s Moby-Dick, obviously. Except when it’s Huckleberry Finn or Absalom, Absalom! or Invisible Man or Gravity’s Rainbow. The Great Gatsby will often do, if one is pressed for time.

Maximalism and US literary history

The Dream of the Great American Novel

by Lawrence Buell

Harvard University Press (Inbooks), $59.95 hb, 579 pp, 9780674051157

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