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Early on, mid-19th century, Hawthorne’s poetic Scarlet Letter was the consensus pick, followed in later decades by Moby Dick or Huck Finn depending on readers’ preference for psycho drama or humor. During the last century and continuing today Fitzgerald’s impeccably crafted Gatsby seems to take top honors.

For me and for what it’s worth Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath stands above ‘em all. This note finds me halfway through my third reading of this towering American experience, its indelibly rich humanity matched only by War and Peace and David Copperfield.

Give it a reading! And no fair racking up the movie first.