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Categorization guidelines for American novelists
Per current consensus, this category should not directly include any American novelists. All American novelists should be in one or more by-century categories based on when they wrote novels:
- Category:18th-century American novelists (1701–1800)
- Category:19th-century American novelists (1801–1900)
- Category:20th-century American novelists (1901–2000)
- Category:21st-century American novelists (2001–2100)
Novelists should also be placed into Category:American women novelists and Category:American male novelists as appropriate, and into any relevant genre or ethnic/national categories as well. However, a novelist should never only be in a genre, ethnic, or gender-based category - all novelists should be in the century-categories at a minimum.
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This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total.