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Has fiction left the working-classes behind?

In our summer fiction supplement, DJ Taylor argues that angry voices of discontent rarely make it into the mainstream, while in a short story Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen follows an African-American ex-soldier who is grappling with demons

By Sameer Rahim   August 2017

Not long ago, I got chatting to a friend who teaches English literature in the United States. We were trying to work out if there were any living American authors who have never been involved with a creative writing school—either as student or teacher. We came up with Tom Wolfe. (Any others let me know.) We’re not at that level of saturation here, but we’re not far off. And this is by no means a bad thing. Artists go to art school and musicians to music college: writing is a craft that…

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