The Corner

Conservative Lit 101

The just-published issue of NR carries an article on great conservative novels. It builds on the discussion started by NRO readers here. It offers a list of ten great conservative novels, written by Americans since the 1950s, plus a capsule review of each. The full article is not available on the interwebs — subscribe already! — but here’s the list of novels, presented in chronological order based on the book’s publication.

1. Advise and Consent, by Allen Drury

2. Midcentury, by John Dos Passos

3. Mr. Sammler’s Planet, by Saul Bellow

4. The Time It Never Rained, by Elmer Kelton

5. The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy

6. The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

7. Shelley’s Heart, by Charles McCarry

8. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

9. Freddy and Fredericka, by Mark Helprin

10. No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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