In the past one hundred years, the United States has produced an impressive array of fiction authors. From Steinbeck to Salinger, Capote to Kerouac, AbeBooks' booksellers offer a vast selection of rare and collectible books from these pillars of literature.

J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

Best known for his coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is a mainstay in American literature.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald is hailed by many as one of the greatest American authors of all time. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories.

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Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, a perennial favorite of many, was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

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John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for The Grapes of Wrath and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 for his novella Of Mice & Men.

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Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

Did you know that Truman Capote was the basis for Harper Lee's character, Dill, in her famous book To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Ernest Hemingway

The Torrents of Spring

From 1925 to 1929, Ernest Hemingway produced some of the most important works of 20th century fiction, including:

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Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Acclaimed writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston passed away penniless in obscurity and was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida

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Jack Kerouac

On The Road

Jack Kerouac is credited with originating the term "Beat Generation," which took on associations of the word "beat," meaning "poor, weary or down and out."

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