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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baby Boomers’ Favorite Author

Three of the post-war generation’s most famous writers have died in the last year – William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. But of those, the most popular – according to sales – is Vonnegut. “[He] was the American Mark Twain. He even looked like him,” said Mailer’s literary executor in an article AP article, published November 15 ("Kurt Vonnegut Tops in Public's Heart").

According to the article, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five has sold about 280,000 copies since 2006, which is more than four times the rate of six of the most popular books of the past 60 years: Mailer's The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night and The Executioner's Song, and Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice and Darkness Visible.

If you want to decide for yourself, check the library’s catalog for the work of these giants of post-World War II American literature. Which of the above is your favorite? Let us know.

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