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Mark Twain 1, Dan Brown 0

In its current issue, Vanity Fair reports the results of a poll commissioned to gauge the cultural and political temper of our times.

The questions ranged from how people feel about changing the Constitution (45% said make no change) to who should be the next athletic role model (45% said sports stars should not be considered heroes).

We were particularly intrigued by this one: “Which of the following American writers has made the most important contribution to literature?” The 1,216 random respondents were given six choices, and here is what they had to say:

  • Mark Twain, 40%
  • Ernest Hemingway, 16%
  • Emily Dickinson, 12%
  • Stephen King, 11%
  • Tony Morrison, 4%
  • Dan Brown, 0%

Sorry, Dan.