What makes a great first novel? Which do we prefer: the freshness of a new style (even if it contains mistakes), or the demonstration of competence (even if it breaks no new ground)? Does it matter if the book is the best (or only) novel by that author...
What makes a great first novel? Which do we prefer: the freshness of a new style (even if it contains mistakes), or the demonstration of competence (even if it breaks no new ground)? Does it matter if the book is the best (or only) novel by that author? Or do we prefer the debuts that initiated a long, distinguished career? Join host Jacke Wilson for a conversation with his friend, the President of the Literature Supporters’ Club, on the best debut novels in the history of literature.
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Broom of the System: A Novel by David Foster Wallace
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Bluest Eye by...
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