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Old 09-01-2009, 07:49 AM
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Works of literature by a Brit set in the US (or vice versa)


The only one that came to my mind was Moll Flanders, and even then it's only partially set in Virginia.

What works of literature (defined any way you choose) are written by an author fro the UK but take place in the US? And vice versa: what work of literature are written by a Yank but take place in the UK?
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:57 AM
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Any number of comic book writers. Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison have all done so. For a short list:

Ellis: Transmetropolitan
Moore: Top Ten
Morrison: WE3

I'm sure there are more in mainstream literature if I looked. But I just wikied 'English Writers' and got intimidated.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:58 AM
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P.G. Wodehouse has a few of his "Jeeves" stories take place in America.
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There are plenty of Sherlock Holmes stories written by Yanks, but set (of course) in the UK, like Nicholas Meyer's Seven Per Cent Solution, The West End Horror and The Canary Trainer.

For that matter, Doyle himself set stories in the US, including the entire second half of the Sherlock Holmes novels A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:00 AM
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Hmm. Would Defoe count? He was British and Robinson Crusoe is certainly set in the Americas. Might be the very first one give its publication date of 1719.
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I'm pretty sure that Dick Francis wrote at least one book which was set in America.

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Neil Gaiman was born and raised in the U.K. (though he lives in Minneapolis now), and set both "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys" in the U.S.

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Ken MClure is a Scottish writer I've just discovered. The first of his books I read was called "Past Lives" and the hero is an American neurologist in Kansas. And although he spends most of the book unravelling the mystery in various parts of Europe and Israel, he starts and ends in Kansas.

Similarly, another Scot; Val McDermid - or VL McDermid as she is called on her books when they're published in America - has a heroine who lives in California. She also admittedly spends a lot of her time sleuthing in foreign parts, though.

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Old 09-01-2009, 09:29 AM
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Henry James, init.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:34 AM
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Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One takes on Los Angeles effectively & amusingly. And a very good movie was made from it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:46 AM
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Several of George McDonald Fraser's [i]Flashman[/b] books: Flash for Freedom!, Flashman and the Indians, Flashman and the Angel of the Lord.
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John Connolly, an Irishman, sets his entire Charlie Parker series of detective thrillers in the U.S., mostly Maine.

R.J. Ellory, whose astounding A Quiet Belief in Angels will be released in the U.S. any minute now, is from Birmingham, England; it is set in the rural South in the '30s.

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:57 AM
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I've read a good few books by crime author John Connolly.

Connolly is Irish. He lives in Dublin but divides his time between there and the United States where all of his novels are set, most of them in Maine.
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Oh, well.
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Chez, glad to see another "Bird" fan! Don't you fear love Louis and Angel?
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Many of John Brunner's books are set primarily or entirely in the USA, including Stand on Zanzibar, The Sheep Look Up, and The Shockwave Rider.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:36 AM
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P.G. Wodehouse has a few of his "Jeeves" stories take place in America.
Yes, and although much of his work is very, very English, he spent the latter part of his life as an American citizen.

Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit has a portion set in America.
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John Dickson Carr was an American mystery writer, many of whose characters and settings were British like the classic mysteries he admired.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:01 PM
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Ian Fleming's Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me.
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Bernard Cornwall was born in Britain and now lives in the US, and he's written books set in both Britain and the US, so I don't know if that counts. Ken Follett's books Code to Zero, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden and A Place Called Freedom are all set in America. Edward Rutherfurd's upcoming work New York will be set in America.
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Chez, glad to see another "Bird" fan! Don't you fear love Louis and Angel?
They are quite moral in a strange kind of way.

Fearsome and ferocious foes of the bad guys yet faithful friends to CP. They'll kill anyone for him, which is nice.

I read Every Dead Thing first. It helps, of course, because then you know where Bird is coming from. From an American point of view, is there anything at all about the locations that don't feel rightl?
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Martha Grimes is an American and her Richard Jury/Melrose Plant, with one exception, take place in the U.K.

The British SF author Eric Frank Russell set his novel Sinister Barriers in the U.S. Some of his other work, like "Legwork," also employs American settings.
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I'm pretty sure that Dick Francis wrote at least one book which was set in America.
I know one of his books took place in Canada (mostly on The Canadian, in fact), but I can't think of any that took place in the U.S.
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They are quite moral in a strange kind of way.

Fearsome and ferocious foes of the bad guys yet faithful friends to CP. They'll kill anyone for him, which is nice.

I read Every Dead Thing first. It helps, of course, because then you know where Bird is coming from. From an American point of view, is there anything at all about the locations that don't feel rightl?
Not a damn thing. I don't know how he does it.
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Elizabeth George has written a long series of detective novels (real doorstops!) about Inspector Lynley and his sidekick Barbara Havers, he is an English Lord who gave up the soft life for the police. Elizabeth George is an American, but you would never know it in a million years.
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Zadie Smith's On Beauty is set in the US (and suffers for it, since she gets everything from American speech patterns to higher education distractingly wrong).
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I know one of his books took place in Canada (mostly on The Canadian, in fact), but I can't think of any that took place in the U.S.
Dick Francis' Blood Sport is (mostly) set in the USA. I've a feeling there are others but I can't think of them at the moment After all he lived in Florida for years.
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Lee Child's Jack Reacher series all set in the US.
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William Thackeray wrote a couple of novels set entirely in the US: The Newcomes and The Virginian (the latter is not the book the later movie and TV series was based on, that's one of the same title by the American author Owen Wister.)

Much of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit takes place in America. (The Americans were far from happy with it as it satirises them mercilessly).

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P.G. Wodehouse has a few of his "Jeeves" stories take place in America.
Wodehouse also had several Mulliner stories set in Hollywood. There were a few golf stories set in the US. There was a Psmith novel, I think Psmith, Journalist, set in the US, possibly New York. IIRC, Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin was also set in Hollywood.
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Dick Francis' Blood Sport is (mostly) set in the USA. I've a feeling there are others but I can't think of them at the moment After all he lived in Florida for years.

The book set on the Canadian is The Edge.
The last section of The Danger is set in America.

Alistair Maclean had several novels set in America: Fear is the Key, The Golden Gate, Goodbye,California, Breakheart Pass, and Seawitch.

Len Deighton had a novel set in Los Angeles: Violent Ward.
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For American books set in Britain, there's the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The second half of the book has scenes set in both London and Midlothian, Scotland.
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Jeffery Archers Kane and Able, Prodigal Daughter, Shall we tell the President anjd a few others are set in the states.
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Elizabeth George sets her novels in the UK and does a pretty good job of it.

But one sublime error was a UK police station where obviously, everyone is offered tea and biscuits. In her rendering, the person was offered tea and Oreos.

These were not, at that time, available in the UK.
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