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Monday, December 20, 2010

True Grit

Here's a cool article in the New York Times about the reclusive author of True Grit, Charles Portis.

4 comments:

Mister Booze said...

I have a theory that all the "great" American novels are first person narratives in some way or another. Moby Dick, Huckelberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, A Million Little Pieces...

I could write a college essay about the American individualist culture and its love of this style of writing, which apparently the book True Grit uses.

Tres Crow said...

Very interesting, Booze. If you write this I will post it.

I'm trying to think of any non-first person GAN's and I can't really think of any. Infinite Jest isn't, but then much of that book is spent talking about individualism versus the collective, so maybe that was a conscious choice on the part of DFW. I don't think Hemingway's greats are written first person, are they?

Mister Booze said...

The Sun Also Rises

Mister Booze said...

And how could I forget The Old Man and the Sea? I think A Farewell to Arms is as well.

Not all great American novels are first person, but I think it is a common thread. Poe's most famous poem, the Raven, is a first person narrative.