The new issue of National Review, dated February 8, 2010, carries a list of great conservative novels. A summary is here. Readers of this website played a role in its compilation, through e-mails sent to me and comments posted here. Thanks to all who offered their views.
Here’s the article’s first paragraph:
A few months ago, a professor e-mailed with a simple question: What are the great conservative novels? He was preparing a course on the history of American conservatism and wanted to include some fiction on his syllabus. I proposed a few titles, but his question lingered in my mind. So I asked readers of National Review Online for their suggestions. I also canvassed several experts on American literature. Hundreds of ideas poured in. Here is the result: a list of ten great conservative novels, all written by Americans since the founding of the conservative movement in the 1950s. Lists such as this are always (and ideally) debatable. Yet these choices represent something of a rough consensus. Feel free to add them to your own reading syllabus.