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In 1986, the famed screenwriting guru Syd Field heralded the power of modern cinema and its seemingly endless allure over the country's most talented young writers: "The Great American Screenplay has replaced the Great American Novel," Field declared.
ISBN 9780374108991 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Barbarian Nurseries is the Great American Novel for our "messy and complicated present.
People bang on about the great American novel all the time.
Some of Mailer's works were highly praised, some panned, but none was pronounced the Great American Novel that seemed to be his life quest from the time he soared to the top as a brash 25-year-old "enfant terrible".
Finding fame after writing the Great American Novel, to critical and consumer acclaim, Hank Moody is approached by Hollywood, heads west for a meeting with 'the Suits', signs away his life and shuttles his family across country.
Success begins with a dream: a dream to build skyscrapers, to find a cure for cancer, to write the great American novel.
A candidate for the great American novel, the trilogy of Frank Bascombe books is a heartbreaking masterpiece.
Those writers, like myself, who opt for academe--as a way to pay the bills--while striving to write the Great American Novel or the next Leaves, are overburdened with the minutiae of administrative tasks often not related to teaching, which in itself, as any good teacher knows, extracts more than a pound of flesh and soul.