You’re reading it here first.
The #2 seeded writers for the Tournament are:
A.) F. Scott Fitzgerald
B.) Ayn Rand
C.) Toni Morrison
D.) Jack Kerouac
Explanations will be forthcoming at the chief Tournament blog here.
Two American writers were so gigantic in standing and influence, even on the world stage, that they’re automatic #1 seeds. Both of them, in ways good or bad, helped define what it is to be American.
A.) Ernest Hemingway
B.) Walt Whitman
We’ll explain our choices this afternoon at New Pop Lit’s Interactive blog.
We’re re-discussing the other two #1 seeds. May not announce those until the weekend. . . .
JUST IN CASE readers don’t “get” it:
The All-Time American Writers Tournament and events surrounding it will be fictional– though we do hope to mix in opinion and comments from actual readers and writers, as well as the occasional fictional depiction of a living literary personage. Our plan is also to use real persons as judges for the matches themselves. (Not too early to volunteer!)
The Tournament could be called an on-line novel, which mixes in some literary criticism and satire. Where exactly it’s going; how it will end? We have no idea.