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November 3, 2012

American writers go to the polls

  John Dugdale on how to read the literary genres as swing-states.

US authors go to the polls on Tuesday along with the rest of the country, and – thanks to registers of donations or their public statements – we largely know who they’ll vote for, and it’s tempting to think of each genre as a swing-state, so evenly matched are the rival forces.

Thrillers, for example, might be seen as inherently conservative, but the Republican-voting authors of action yarns (Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Dean Koontz) are offset by less macho storytellers who are Democrat donors (John Grisham, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard). Similarly, in crime, James Patterson is not unexpectedly on the right, Sara Paretsky on the left, while long-term Republican backer Patricia Cornwell seems to be wavering, having perhaps belatedly noticed that the party is not lesbian-friendly.

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