Originally Posted by why
Faulkner? Henry James? Really?
American literature is pretty awful in general except for maybe Melville, Nabokov (if you consider him American) and a few others.
Just get a Dickens novel and you should be okay for a while.
Does American Exceptionalism ever get old for you?
Sure, compare the greatest British novelist ever to a few cherry-picked American examples and then declare that American literature is awful.