Vote: Americans on Tour

Our January-to-February tour will be an American.

If a large number of people vote for a particular author, we may open more than one American tour. These subsequent tours would overlap. The first tour would begin the first week of January, the second would begin the second week, etc. Each tour would run Monday through Friday until all participants have been assigned a day. Therefore, the tour will probably extend into February, especially if there is more than one author joining the Circuit.

Author names link to Wikipedia if you’d like to get more detailed information about any of these authors.

The survey will be open until Saturday, 31 October 2009 8:00 a.m. CDT. The survey has been closed.

Samuel Longhorn Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (1835-1910), has been said to have written the “Great American Novel” (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), and his humorous and satiric novels, stories, and essays have always enjoyed immense popularity.

In many of her novels and short stories, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) used dramatic irony to criticize the upper-class pre-World War I society in New York City; her most well-known novels are The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) is best known for her depictions of frontier life (particularly the conditions of ordinary people’s lives) on the Great Plains in novels such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) wrote novels, stories, and nonfiction collections with a very American setting; his writing won him the distinction of Nobel Laureate in 1962, and The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.

The survey has been closed.

  1. #1 by Amanda on October 27, 2009 - 8:43 am

    That survey asked if we’d mind having a stop in November…did it mean January? I figured it did so I put yes, but i thought I’d ask just in case.

  2. #2 by Heather J. on October 27, 2009 - 8:48 am

    I voted for Twain but I’d be equally interested in Steinbeck. :)

  3. #3 by Rebecca Reid on October 27, 2009 - 8:55 am

    sorry Amanda. Cut and paste only works if you reread what you’re pasting!

  4. #4 by Becky on October 27, 2009 - 10:45 am

    I voted for John Steinbeck because I really really want to read some of his books. But I might participate for Twain as well.

  5. #5 by Valerie on October 27, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    I voted; and whether I want to participate depends on who wins :-)

  6. #6 by Karenlibrarian on October 27, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    I love Wharton, Steinbeck, AND Cather, so I’m pretty excited. I’m sure I could find some Twain to read if necessary, I’ve only read a couple of his works. I’ve heard Innocents Abroad is hilarious.

  7. #7 by mee on October 27, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    I voted for Steinbeck because I wanna read the Grapes of Wrath, but I’m also interested in reading some Editth Wharton’s.

  8. #8 by Trish on October 27, 2009 - 10:42 pm

    Tricky making us pick just one! I’m tempted to vote 3 times just to get all my votes in (sorry Ms. Cather–no votes for you).

  9. #9 by Margot at Joyfully Retired on October 28, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    What a choice to only pick one. I picked Mark Twain simply because I haven’t read any of his works in quite some time. I will be happy with whatever the final selection turns out to be.

  10. #10 by Laura's Reviews on October 28, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    I would love to read any of these authors for the circuit, but I am particularly happy that you picked two of my all-time favorite authors: Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. I have read a great majority of their works and love them. I feel that often they, as women, get overlooked in the patheon of American Literature.

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