An Author in the Passage

Can you name the book when a word in the opening passage is replaced with the author's first name?

Call me Herman.
It was Joseph at first sight.
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see William hitting.
Ernest was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
Stately, plump James Mulligan came from the stairhead.
For a long time, Marcel went to bed early.
Margaret slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
The Joseph, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.
Vladimir, light of my life, fire of my loins.
A few miles south of John, the Salinas River drops in close to the hill-side bank and runs deep and green.
In my younger and more vulnerable years F. Scott gave me some advice I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
Toni was spiteful.
You better not never tell nobody but Alice.
You don't know about me without you have read a book called 'The Adventures of Mark,' but that ain't no matter.
Once there were four children whose names were C.S., Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
As Franz Samsa awoke from a night of uneasy dreaming, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
Mrs. Virginia said she would buy the flowers herself.
''To be born again,' sang Salman Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die.'
There was no possibility of taking a Charlotte that day.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking George.
Albert died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure.
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