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Favorite Novelist: Norman Mailer

Most Influential Novelist: Georges Simenon and James T. Farrell

Most influential critic: John W. Aldridge

Most important woman writer: Doris Lessing

Second most important woman writer: Emily Dickinson

Favorite American poet: Philip Levine and Margaret Walker


Top 10 Novels in the Course of my Life

Studs Lonigan (Trilogy) James T. Farrell

Young Lions Irwin Shaw

City and the Pillar Gore Vidal

Cane Gene Toomer

Emma Jane Austen

Requiem for a Nun William Faulkner

Fall (Camus)

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

House of the Prophet Louis Auchincloss

Point of No Return John P. Marquand


Best Novels Read in 2008

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon

Devil in the Woods Norman Mailer

Close Range Annie Proulx


Critical Biographies

White Heat Higginson

American Bloomsbury Susan Cheever

Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin



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