Okay, I promise you, I didn't intentionally hand it over to Steinback last week. While I didn't really think many would agree with Marx's politics, I suspected a lot of people would follow Myrthe's line of reasoning and vote for his, and his books' influence on political history. Politics, schmolitics. It seems to be all about the literature here.
Which brings us to what could very well be the last edition of the first Wednesday Compare. A win this week would bring Steinbeck's total wins to 5, meaning the next week would bring us two brand new contestants. How should I end this thing? (If it in fact ends at all.) I considered a few possibilities, but finally came down to Faulkner.
Faulkner, like Hemingway and Steinbeck himself, was both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Nobel Prize winner. Like them or not, they were (and arguably still are) titans of American literature. Looking back on some of the past contenders, it seems mightily American biased. It would seem fitting to end on that note (the greatest American novelist is...) Then again, if Faulkner wins, maybe there's a Brit or two left to compete. It certainly won't be a Canadian- we haven't fared well at all!
Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Feb 5, 2008), and please spread the word!