The first American novel is said to have been written by Samuel Johnson in 1821, and it was published just six years after his death.
But while the book may be the most famous of the first, it’s also the least-known.
The first English language book was published in 1819, and was titled The Story of a Small Boat and the Sea, which is not a real name, and may be a mistranslation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a novel published in 1830.
The other American works of literature, including Thomas Wolfe’s The Trial, The Life and Letters of Thomas Jefferson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, are the least known.
“The only work in English that has any sort of literary pedigree is The Trial of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” said James McPherson, a professor of English at Rutgers University.
Longfello’s novel The Trial was originally published in 1840.
The American book was only published in paperback in 1968.
McPherson’s research also showed that only one American novel was published every six years until the mid-1960s, and that it wasn’t until 1856 that the first American book by an American author was published.
“There were a few of them, like Jane Austen, but none of them are as widely known as The Trial,” McPhereson said.
“You can’t just start with that book and then go to any other book that has a pedigree.”
McPheesons research also found that only six of the 25 most-cited novels of the 19th century were written by Americans.
The list includes The Fugitive by C. S. Lewis, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Golden Notebooks by George Eliot.
The most famous novel by an English author was written by William Shakespeare in 1605, and has been translated into more than 100 languages.
“He’s a pretty well-known character in his day,” McPsons study said.
In fact, the most widely read book in English today is Jane Austens The Turn of the Screw, which was published three years after The Trial.
The best-known book is probably Jane Austenes Emma by Jane Austene, which has been read in more than 1.5 million English-language books, according to McPhesons study.
The greatest book ever written is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, which also was published two decades after The Trials.
The biggest book ever published was The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, which became a bestseller in 2003.
But only two of the books that make the list have been translated.
“It’s kind of ironic that you would find two of them in this list, given that the only other English-speaking world to have written a novel is France, where the first novel was written,” Mcpherson said.