"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
The Doctorow's the best-known, but I think Gaitskill by a nose. She's getting the better press, and the Civil War has been done to death.
A totally off-topic aside to make a recommend: "(Sorrentino) isn’t the first to deal intelligently with Hearst."I haven't read his book on Hearst, but I did read Susan Choi's American Woman, which is terrific.
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