Nathan Rich’s New Series on 20th Century Novels by American Authors at The Daily Beast

I check out The Daily Beast mostly for political and national news commentary, but until recently I hadn’t paid any attention to the fact that they write about books. There’s a clickable tab at the top of their main page, or you can just click here to take a look. They’ve recently  announced that author Nathan Rich (The Mayor’s Tongue) is writing a monthly series there called American Dreams: The 20th Century in Novels.

This monthly series will chronicle the history of the American century as seen through the eyes of its novelists. The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2012. In each column I’ll write about a single novel and the year it was published. The novel may not be the best-selling book of the year, the most praised, or the most highly awarded—though awards do have a way of fixing an age’s conventional wisdom in aspic. The idea is to choose a novel that, looking back from a safe distance, seems most accurately, and eloquently, to speak for the time in which it was written. Other than that there are few rules. I won’t pick any stinkers. — Nathan Rich

Sounds like fun. I’ll be reading.

By the way, the first book Rich will be writing about is Brewster’s Millions, written in 1903 by George Barr McCutchen. I just added it to my reading queue.

2 thoughts on “Nathan Rich’s New Series on 20th Century Novels by American Authors at The Daily Beast

  1. Thanks, Beth! I love this books blog! I’ll check out Nathan Rich’s series to add to my growing list of books I want to read before I die (and I’m hoping to live a very long time, just for the reading pleasure if nothing else!)


    1. Thanks, Verna. Your blog posts lately are filled to the brim with intriguing books. I’ve already gotten started on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series, and am headed over to your blog, Wild Heart to catch up on your latest recommendations.


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