What is the Great American Novel? Here’s a Chicago writer’s pitch for ‘Gatsby’

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Read any good books lately? Any great books? Any books that you might consider for the title Great American Novel? It’s a frequent game in the book World, this Great American Novel contest. I have never been one to participate. Writing books is hard enough and most writers are more focused on selling books rather than aspiring to an endlessly debatable title. There have been many Great American Novel lists over the years and they are as varied in their rankings as are the current Chicago mayoral polls. But in grabbing and starting to read William Hazelgrove’s latest book, “Writing Gatsby: The …

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