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Here's your chance to tell us which American novel you would choose as your favorite. THE GREAT GATSBY, HUCK FINN, MOBY-DICK, THE SCARLET LETTER, and THE INVISIBLE MAN are among our experts' top picks. Cast your vote, and see which books are tops with other viewers.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Mark Twain's literary flair dazzles audiences young and old in this coming-of-age story that confronts racism and celebrates friendship.

The Great Gatsby
THE GREAT GATSBY
F. Scott Fitzgerald's unforgettable depiction of love, greed, and the quest for the American dream during the Jazz Age.

Moby-Dick
MOBY-DICK
Good versus evil and man versus nature are the battles symbolically portrayed in this great literary epic by Herman Melville.

The Scarlet Letter
THE SCARLET LETTER
Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale of love, betrayal, faith, and community in Puritan America abounds with lessons of tolerance and forgiveness.

Invisible Man
INVISIBLE MAN
Ralph Ellison's story of a nameless black man's quest for identity in a world where he is forced to conform to others expectations.

Huck Finn
from THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Hester Prynne
from THE SCARLET LETTER

Isabel Archer
from THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Jay Gatsby
from THE GREAT GATSBY

Atticus Finch
from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

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TOP VILLIANS
Captain Ahab
from MOBY-DICK

Simon Legree
from UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Tom Buchanan
from THE GREAT GATSBY

Humbert Humbert
from LOLITA

John Claggart
from BILLY BUDD

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TOP LINES
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
from THE GREAT GATSBY

"Call me Ishmael."
from MOBY-DICK

"I am an American, Chicago-born."
from THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH

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The American Novel