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Subject: Classic author's first novel
Date Posted: 12/20/2010 6:09 PM ET
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Does anyone have a list or any ideas? I looked up a few, but I was hoping to find a bit more variety. My mind is going a bit blank.

So far I have Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sesibility, and, The Pickwick Papers. I looked up a ton of others, but most of them I had never heard of the actual first novel. (edited for spelling)

Last Edited on: 12/31/10 9:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/20/2010 7:45 PM ET
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Here is a list to start with. I am sure I am missing a bunch. Let us know what you decide to go with!

  • The Sun Also Rises-Hemingway
  • Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird- Harper Lee
  • The Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter- Carson McCullers
  • The Time Machine-HG Wells
  • The Hobbit-JRR Tolkein
  • The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler
  • Night- Elie Weisel
  • Catch 22- Joseph Heller
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest-Ken Kesey
Date Posted: 12/21/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Thanks, I will for sure. I have already read: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, The Time Machine, and The Hobbit.  I am still looking at the others.

Date Posted: 6/25/2011 9:21 AM ET
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (it's not sci-fi) was his first and only novel and it's awesome!

A Confederacy of Dunces was the first novel by John Kennedy Toole, published posthumously and eventually I believe a second novel of his was discovered. It's hilarious if you like it, but it really sucks ass if you don't so the only way to find out for sure is to try reading it sometime.

The Stones of Summer by Dow Mossman is another "one-hit wonder" I learned about by watching a documentary abou it, and him. I tried reading it & didn't like it after 50 pp or so but eventually I'll give it another try. It's supposed to be a great albeit unknown American Classic according to various critics and book editors.


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Date Posted: 6/25/2011 10:31 AM ET
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For a pair with very long writing careers, I'm currently reading Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead (1948) on my Kindle, and I just got a copy of Herman Wouk's first novel, Aurora Dawn (1947).