Library of America

The Library of America (LOA) is a nonprofit publisher of classic American literature. Founded in 1979 with seed money from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation, the LOA has published over 300 volumes by authors ranging from Mark Twain to Philip Roth, Nathaniel Hawthorne to Saul Bellow, including selected writing of several U.S. presidents.[2]

Library of America
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Founded1979
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services[1]
Publication typesBooks
Official websitewww.loa.org Edit this at Wikidata

Overview and historyEdit

The Bibliothèque de la Pléiade ("La Pléiade") series published in France provided the model for the LOA, which was long a dream of critic and author Edmund Wilson.[3]

The initial organizers included American academic Daniel Aaron,[4] Lawrence Hughes, Helen Honig Meyer, and Roger W. Straus Jr.. The initial board of advisers included Robert Penn Warren, C. Vann Woodward, R. W. B. Lewis, Robert Coles, Irving Howe, and Eudora Welty. Officers included Richard Poirier, Jason Epstein, Daniel Aaron, and Cheryl Hurley.[3] Hanna M. Bercovitch served as senior editor and then editor-in-chief until her death in 1997.

The first volumes were published in 1982, ten years after Wilson's death.[3] Besides the works of many individual writers, the series includes anthologies like Reporting World War II and (in a different format from the above illustration) Writing Los Angeles.

The publisher aims to keep classics and notable historical and genre works in print permanently to preserve America's literary and cultural heritage. Although the LOA sells more than a quarter-million volumes annually, the publisher depends on individual contributions to help meet the costs of preparing, marketing, manufacturing, and maintaining its books. Some books published as additions to the series are not kept in print in perpetuity.

Research and scholarshipEdit

LOA volumes are prepared and edited by recognized scholars on the subject. Efforts are made to correct errors and omissions in previous editions and create a definitive version of the material. Notes on the text are normally included and the source texts identified.

For instance, the LOA text of Richard Wright's Native Son restored a number of passages that had been previously cut. The LOA commissioned a new translation of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America by Arthur Goldhammer for their edition of the text.

Each volume also includes a chronology of the author's career or significant incidents in the case of the anthology volumes.

Criticism and satireEdit

The Library of America has attracted a number of critical notices, including accusations of selection biases[5] and the questionable inclusion of certain writers.[6] Marketing efforts by the LOA have been faulted as overly commercial and exploitative.[7]

The LOA has been satirized as "confer[ing] value on writers by encasing their work in handsome black-jacketed covers with a stripe of red, white, and blue on the spine."[8] The series even prompted a mocking poem that began:

It's like heaven: you've got to die
To get there. And you can't be sure.
The publisher might go out of business.[9]

In an April Fools' Day swipe at the Library of America's selection standards, another satirical piece proclaimed that the LOA "would publish volumes of Paris Hilton's and William Shatner's memoirs, and possibly those of Jersey Shore's Snooki." Images of the faux volumes were included.[10]

In his 2001 book Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future LOA co-founder Jason Epstein sharply criticized the Library of America's finances and what he saw as the publication of unnecessary anthologies and authors whose qualifications for the series were suspect. He concluded:

The Library of America has now published substantially all the work for which it was created and for which rights are available. Its obligation hereafter is to husband its resources so that this work remains in print and accessible to readers, and to ensure that funds are on hand for the publication of twentieth-century writers as rights permit.[11]

Build and manufactureEdit

The LOA uses paper which meets the requirements for permanence set by the American National Standards Institute. Each volume is printed on thin acid-free paper, allowing books ranging from 700 to 1,600 pages to remain fairly compact. All volumes in the main series have the same trim size.

For the hardcover editions, the binding cloth is woven rayon, and the books are Smyth-sewn. Each includes a ribbon bookmark. The uniform typeface is Galliard.

The LOA publishes selected titles in paperback, mainly for the college textbook market.

Main seriesEdit

# Author Title Editor(s) Year ISBN
1 Herman Melville Typee, Omoo, Mardi G. Thomas Tanselle 1982 978-0-940450-00-4
2 Nathaniel Hawthorne Tales and Sketches Roy Harvey Pearce 1982 978-0-940450-03-5
3 Walt Whitman Poetry and Prose Justin Kaplan 1982 978-0-940450-02-8
4 Harriet Beecher Stowe Three Novels Kathryn Kish Sklar 1982 978-0-940450-01-1
5 Mark Twain Mississippi Writings Guy Cardwell 1982 978-0-940450-07-3
6 Jack London Novels and Stories Donald Pizer 1982 978-0-940450-05-9
7 Jack London Novels and Social Writings Donald Pizer 1982 978-0-940450-06-6
8 William Dean Howells Novels 1875–1886 Edwin H. Cady 1982 978-0-940450-04-2
9 Herman Melville Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick G. Thomas Tanselle 1983 978-0-940450-09-7
10 Nathaniel Hawthorne Collected Novels Millicent Bell 1983 978-0-940450-08-0
11 Francis Parkman France and England in North America: Volume 1 David Levin 1983 978-0-940450-10-3
12 Francis Parkman France and England in North America: Volume 2 David Levin 1983 978-0-940450-11-0
13 Henry James Novels 1871–1880 William T. Stafford 1983 978-0-940450-13-4
14 Henry Adams Novels, Mont Saint Michel, The Education Ernest Samuels & Jayne N. Samuels 1983 978-0-940450-12-7
15 Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays and Lectures Joel Porte 1983 978-0-940450-15-8
16 Washington Irving History, Tales and Sketches James W. Tuttleton 1983 978-0-940450-14-1
17 Thomas Jefferson Writings Merrill D. Peterson 1984 978-0-940450-16-5
18 Stephen Crane Prose and Poetry J. C. Levenson 1984 978-0-940450-17-2
19 Edgar Allan Poe Poetry and Tales Patrick Quinn 1984 978-0-940450-18-9
20 Edgar Allan Poe Essays and Reviews G. R. Thompson 1984 978-0-940450-19-6
21 Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It Guy Cardwell 1984 978-0-940450-25-7
22 Henry James Literary Criticism: Essays on Literature, American Writers, English Writers Leon Edel & Mark Wilson 1984 978-0-940450-22-6
23 Henry James Literary Criticism: French Writers, Other European Writers, Prefaces to the New York Edition Leon Edel & Mark Wilson 1984 978-0-940450-23-3
24 Herman Melville Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-Man, Billy Budd, Uncollected Prose Harrison Hayford 1985 978-0-940450-24-0
25 William Faulkner Novels 1930–1935 Joseph Blotner & Noel Polk 1985 978-0-940450-26-4
26 James Fenimore Cooper The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume 1 Blake Nevius 1985 978-0-940450-20-2
27 James Fenimore Cooper The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume 2 Blake Nevius 1985 978-0-940450-21-9
28 Henry David Thoreau A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod Robert F. Sayre 1985 978-0-940450-27-1
29 Henry James Novels 1881–1886 William T. Stafford 1985 978-0-940450-30-1
30 Edith Wharton Novels R. W. B. Lewis 1986 978-0-940450-31-8
31 Henry Adams History of the United States during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801–1809) Earl N. Harbert 1986 978-0-940450-34-9
32 Henry Adams History of the United States during the Administrations of James Madison (1809–1817) Earl N. Harbert 1986 978-0-940450-35-6
33 Frank Norris Novels and Essays Donald Pizer 1986 978-0-940450-40-0
34 W. E. B. Du Bois Writings Nathan Huggins 1986 978-0-940450-33-2
35 Willa Cather Early Novels and Stories Sharon O'Brien 1987 978-0-940450-39-4
36 Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, Twelve Men Richard Lehan 1987 978-0-940450-41-7
37A Benjamin Franklin Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings J. A. Leo Lemay 1987 978-1-931082-22-8
37B Benjamin Franklin Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings J. A. Leo Lemay 1987 978-1-883011-53-6
38 William James Writings 1902–1910 Bruce Kuklick 1987 978-0-940450-38-7
39 Flannery O'Connor Collected Works Sally Fitzgerald 1988 978-0-940450-37-0
40 Eugene O'Neill Complete Plays 1913–1920 Travis Bogard 1988 978-0-940450-48-6
41 Eugene O'Neill Complete Plays 1920–1931 Travis Bogard 1988 978-0-940450-49-3
42 Eugene O'Neill Complete Plays 1932–1943 Travis Bogard 1988 978-0-940450-50-9
43 Henry James Novels 1886–1890 Daniel Mark Fogel 1989 978-0-940450-56-1
44 William Dean Howells Novels 1886–1888 Don L. Cook 1989 978-0-940450-51-6
45 Abraham Lincoln Speeches and Writings 1832–1858 Don E. Fehrenbacher 1989 978-0-940450-43-1
46 Abraham Lincoln Speeches and Writings 1859–1865 Don E. Fehrenbacher 1989 978-0-940450-63-9
47 Edith Wharton Novellas and Other Writings Cynthia Griffin Wolff 1990 978-0-940450-53-0
48 William Faulkner Novels 1936–1940 Joseph Blotner & Noel Polk 1990 978-0-940450-55-4
49 Willa Cather Later Novels Sharon O'Brien 1990 978-0-940450-52-3
50 Ulysses S. Grant Memoirs and Selected Letters Mary Drake McFeeley & William S. McFeeley 1990 978-0-940450-58-5
51 William Tecumseh Sherman Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman Charles Royster 1990 978-0-940450-65-3
52 Washington Irving Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra Andrew B. Myers 1991 978-0-940450-59-2
53 Francis Parkman The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac William R. Taylor 1991 978-0-940450-54-7
54 James Fenimore Cooper Sea Tales Kay Seymour House & Thomas Philbrick 1991 978-0-940450-70-7
55 Richard Wright Early Works Arnold Rampersad 1991 978-0-94045066-0
56 Richard Wright Later Works Arnold Rampersad 1991 978-0-940450-67-7
57 Willa Cather Stories, Poems, and Other Writings Sharon O'Brien 1991 978-0-940450-71-4
58 William James Writings 1878–1899 Gerald E. Myers 1992 978-0-940450-72-1
59 Sinclair Lewis Main Street and Babbitt John Hersey 1992 978-0-940450-61-5
60 Mark Twain Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays 1852–1890 Louis J. Budd 1992 978-0-940450-36-3
61 Mark Twain Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays 1891–1910 Louis J. Budd 1992 978-0-940450-73-8
62 various The Debate on the Constitution: Part One: September 1787 to February 1788 Bernard Bailyn 1993 978-0-940450-42-4
63 various The Debate on the Constitution: Part Two: January to August 1788 Bernard Bailyn 1993 978-0-940450-64-6
64 Henry James Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America Richard Howard 1993 978-0-940450-76-9
65 Henry James Collected Travel Writings: The Continent Richard Howard 1993 978-0-940450-77-6
66 various American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume 1: Freneau to Whitman John Hollander 1993 978-0-940450-60-8
67 various American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume 2: Melville to Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals John Hollander 1993 978-0-940450-78-3
68 Frederick Douglass Autobiographies Henry Louis Gates Jr. 1994 978-0-940450-79-0
69 Sarah Orne Jewett Novels and Stories Michael Davitt Bell 1994 978-0-940450-74-5
70 Ralph Waldo Emerson Collected Poems and Translations Harold Bloom & Paul Kane 1994 978-0-940450-28-8
71 Mark Twain Historical Romances Susan K. Harris 1994 978-0-940450-82-0
72 John Steinbeck Novels and Stories 1932–1937 Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck 1994 978-1-883011-01-7
73 William Faulkner Novels 1942–1954 Joseph Blotner & Noel Polk 1994 978-0-940450-85-1
74 Zora Neale Hurston Novels and Stories Cheryl A. Wall 1995 978-0-940450-83-7
75 Zora Neale Hurston Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings Cheryl A. Wall 1995 978-0-940450-84-4
76 Thomas Paine Collected Writings Eric Foner 1995 978-1-883011-03-1
77 various Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938–1944 Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, et al. 1995 978-1-883011-04-8
78 various Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1944–1946 Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, et al. 1995 978-1-883011-05-5
79 Raymond Chandler Stories and Early Novels Frank MacShane 1995 978-1-883011-07-9
80 Raymond Chandler Later Novels and Other Writings Frank MacShane 1995 978-1-883011-08-6
81 Robert Frost Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays Richard Poirier & Mark Richardson 1995 978-1-883011-06-2
82 Henry James Complete Stories 1892–1898 John Hollander & David Bromwich 1996 978-1-883011-09-3
83 Henry James Complete Stories 1898–1910 Denis Donoghue 1996 978-1-883011-10-9
84 William Bartram Travels and Other Writings Thomas Slaughter 1996 978-1-883011-11-6
85 John Dos Passos U.S.A. Townsend Ludington & Daniel Aaron 1996 978-1-883011-14-7
86 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936–1941 Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck 1996 978-1-883011-15-4
87 Vladimir Nabokov Novels and Memoirs 1941–1953 Brian Boyd 1996 978-1-883011-18-5
88 Vladimir Nabokov Novels 1955–1962 Brian Boyd 1996 978-1-883011-19-2
89 Vladimir Nabokov Novels 1969–1974 Brian Boyd 1996 978-1-883011-20-8
90 James Thurber Writings and Drawings Garrison Keillor 1996 978-1-883011-22-2
91 George Washington Writings John Rhodehamel 1997 978-1-883011-23-9
92 John Muir Nature Writings William Cronon 1997 978-1-883011-24-6
93 Nathanael West Novels and Other Writings Sacvan Bercovitch 1997 978-1-883011-28-4
94 various Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s Robert Polito 1997 978-1-883011-46-8
95 various Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s Robert Polito 1997 978-1-883011-49-9
96 Wallace Stevens Collected Poetry and Prose Frank Kermode & Joan Richardson 1997 978-1-883011-45-1
97 James Baldwin Early Novels and Stories Toni Morrison 1998 978-1-883011-51-2
98 James Baldwin Collected Essays Toni Morrison 1998 978-1-883011-52-9
99 Gertrude Stein Writings 1903–1932 Catharine R. Stimpson & Harriet Chessman 1998 978-1-883011-40-6
100 Gertrude Stein Writings 1932–1946 Catharine R. Stimpson & Harriet Chessman 1998 978-1-883011-41-3
101 Eudora Welty Complete Novels Richard Ford & Michael Kreyling 1998 978-1-883011-54-3
102 Eudora Welty Stories, Essays, and Memoir Richard Ford & Michael Kreyling 1998 978-1-883011-55-0
103 Charles Brockden Brown Three Gothic Novels Sydney J. Krause 1998 978-1-883011-57-4
104 various Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959–1969 Milton J. Bates, Lawrence Lichty, et al. 1998 978-1-883011-58-1
105 various Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969–1975 Milton J. Bates, Lawrence Lichty, et al. 1998 978-1-883011-59-8
106 Henry James Complete Stories 1874–1884 William L. Vance 1999 978-1-883011-63-5
107 Henry James Complete Stories 1884–1891 Edward Said 1999 978-1-883011-64-2
108 various American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr. Michael Warner 1999 978-1-883011-65-9
109 James Madison Writings Jack N. Rakove 1999 978-1-883011-66-6
110 Dashiell Hammett Complete Novels Steven Marcus 1999 978-1-883011-67-3
111 Henry James Complete Stories 1864–1874 Jean Strouse 1999 978-1-883011-70-3
112 William Faulkner Novels 1957–1962 Noel Polk & Joseph Blotner 1999 978-1-883011-69-7
113 John James Audubon Writings and Drawings Christoph Irmscher 1999 978-1-883011-68-0
114 various Slave Narratives William L. Andrews & Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2000 978-1-883011-76-5
115 various American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume 1: Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker Robert Hass, John Hollander, et al. 2000 978-1-883011-77-2
116 various American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume 2: E. E. Cummings to May Swenson Robert Hass, John Hollander, et al. 2000 978-1-883011-78-9
117 F. Scott Fitzgerald Novels and Stories 1920–1922 Jackson R. Bryer 2000 978-1-883011-84-0
118 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poems and Other Writings J. D. McClatchy 2000 978-1-883011-85-7
119 Tennessee Williams Plays 1937–1955 Mel Gussow & Kenneth Holditch 2000 978-1-883011-86-4
120 Tennessee Williams Plays 1957–1980 Mel Gussow & Kenneth Holditch 2000 978-1-883011-87-1
121 Edith Wharton Collected Stories 1891–1910 Maureen Howard 2001 978-1-883011-93-2
122 Edith Wharton Collected Stories 1911–1937 Maureen Howard 2001 978-1-883011-94-9
123 various The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence 1775–1783 John Rhodehamel 2001 978-1-883011-91-8
124 Henry David Thoreau Collected Essays and Poems Elizabeth Hall Witherell 2001 978-1-883011-95-6
125 Dashiell Hammett Crime Stories and Other Writings Steven Marcus 2001 978-1-931082-00-6
126 Dawn Powell Novels 1930–1942 Tim Page 2001 978-1-931082-01-3
127 Dawn Powell Novels 1944–1962 Tim Page 2001 978-1-931082-02-0
128 Carson McCullers Complete Novels Carlos L. Dews 2001 978-1-931082-03-7
129 Alexander Hamilton Writings Joanne B. Freeman 2001 978-1-931082-04-4
130 Mark Twain The Gilded Age and Later Novels Hamlin L. Hill 2002 978-1-931082-10-5
131 Charles W. Chesnutt Stories, Novels, and Essays Werner Sollors 2002 978-1-931082-06-8
132 John Steinbeck Novels 1942–1952 Robert DeMott 2002 978-1-931082-07-5
133 Sinclair Lewis Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth Richard Lingeman 2002 978-1-931082-08-2
134 Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider's House Daniel Halpern 2002 978-1-931082-19-8
135 Paul Bowles Complete Stories and Later Writings Daniel Halpern 2002 978-1-931082-20-4
136 Kate Chopin Complete Novels and Stories Sandra M. Gilbert 2002 978-1-931082-21-1
137 various Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941–1963 Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, et al. 2003 978-1-931082-28-0
138 various Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963–1973 Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, et al. 2003 978-1-931082-29-7
139 Henry James Novels 1896–1899 Myra Jehlen 2003 978-1-931082-30-3
140 Theodore Dreiser An American Tragedy Thomas P. Riggio 2003 978-1-931082-31-0
141 Saul Bellow Novels 1944–1953 James Wood 2003 978-1-931082-38-9
142 John Dos Passos Novels 1920–1925 Townsend Ludington 2003 978-1-931082-39-6
143 John Dos Passos Travel Books and Other Writings 1916–1941 Townsend Ludington 2003 978-1-931082-40-2
144 Ezra Pound Poems and Translations Richard Sieburth 2003 978-1-931082-41-9
145 James Weldon Johnson Writings William L. Andrews 2004 978-1-931082-52-5
146 Washington Irving Three Western Narratives James P. Ronda 2004 978-1-931082-53-2
147 Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America Olivier Zunz 2004 978-1-931082-54-9
148 James T. Farrell Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy Pete Hamill 2004 978-1-931082-55-6
149 Isaac Bashevis Singer Collected Stories: Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer Ilan Stavans 2004 978-1-931082-61-7
150 Isaac Bashevis Singer Collected Stories: A Friend of Kafka to Passions Ilan Stavans 2004 978-1-931082-62-4
151 Isaac Bashevis Singer Collected Stories: One Night in Brazil to The Death of Methuselah Ilan Stavans 2004 978-1-931082-63-1
152 George S. Kaufman & Co. Broadway Comedies Laurence Maslon 2004 978-1-931082-67-9
153 Theodore Roosevelt The Rough Riders, An Autobiography Louis Auchincloss 2004 978-1-931082-65-5
154 Theodore Roosevelt Letters and Speeches Louis Auchincloss 2004 978-1-931082-66-2
155 H. P. Lovecraft Tales Peter Straub 2005 978-1-931082-72-3
156 Louisa May Alcott Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys Elaine Showalter 2005 978-1-931082-73-0
157 Philip Roth Novels and Stories 1959–1962 Ross Miller 2005 978-1-931082-79-2
158 Philip Roth Novels 1967–1972 Ross Miller 2005 978-1-931082-80-8
159 James Agee Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, and Shorter Fiction Michael Sragow 2005 978-1-931082-81-5
160 James Agee Film Writing and Selected Journalism Michael Sragow 2005 978-1-931082-82-2
161 Richard Henry Dana Jr. Two Years Before the Mast and Other Voyages Thomas L. Philbrick 2005 978-1-931082-83-9
162 Henry James Novels 1901–1902 Leo Bersani 2006 978-1-931082-88-4
163 Arthur Miller Collected Plays 1944–1961 Tony Kushner 2006 978-1-931082-91-4
164 William Faulkner Novels 1926–1929 Joseph Blotner & Noel Polk 2006 978-1-931082-89-1
165 Philip Roth Novels 1973–1977 Ross Miller 2006 978-1-931082-96-9
166 various American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War Ted Widmer 2006 978-1-931082-97-6
167 various American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton Ted Widmer 2006 978-1-931082-98-3
168 Hart Crane Complete Poems and Selected Letters Langdon Hammer 2006 978-1-931082-99-0
169 Saul Bellow Novels 1956–1964 James Wood 2007 978-1-59853-002-5
170 John Steinbeck Travels with Charley and Later Novels 1947–1962 Robert DeMott & Brian Railsback 2007 978-1-59853-004-9
171 Capt. John Smith Writings, with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America James Horn 2007 978-1-59853-001-8
172 Thornton Wilder Collected Plays and Writings on Theater J. D. McClatchy 2007 978-1-59853-003-2
173 Philip K. Dick Four Novels of the 1960s Jonathan Lethem 2007 978-1-59853-009-4
174 Jack Kerouac Road Novels 1957–1960 Douglas Brinkley 2007 978-1-59853-012-4
175 Philip Roth Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue 1979–1985 Ross Miller 2007 978-1-59853-011-7
176 Edmund Wilson Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s and 30s Lewis M. Dabney 2007 978-1-59853-013-1
177 Edmund Wilson Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 40s Lewis M. Dabney 2007 978-1-59853-014-8
178 various American Poetry: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries David S. Shields 2007 978-1-931082-90-7
179 William Maxwell Early Novels and Stories Christopher Carduff 2008 978-1-59853-026-1
180 Elizabeth Bishop Poems, Prose, and Letters Robert Giroux & Lloyd Schwartz 2008 978-1-59853-017-9
181 A. J. Liebling World War II Writings Pete Hamill 2008 978-1-59853-040-7
182 various American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Bill McKibben 2008 978-1-59853-020-9
183 Philip K. Dick Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s Jonathan Lethem 2008 978-1-59853-025-4
184 William Maxwell Later Novels and Stories Christopher Carduff 2008 978-1-59853-026-1
185 Philip Roth Novels and Other Narratives 1986–1991 Ross Miller 2008 978-1-59853-030-8
186 Katherine Anne Porter Collected Stories and Other Writings Darlene Harbour Unrue 2008 978-1-59853-029-2
187 John Ashbery Collected Poems 1956–1987 Mark Ford 2008 978-1-59853-028-5
188 John Cheever Collected Stories and Other Writings Blake Bailey 2009 978-1-59853-034-6
189 John Cheever Complete Novels Blake Bailey 2009 978-1-59853-035-3
190 Lafcadio Hearn American Writings Christopher Benfey 2009 978-1-59853-039-1
191 A. J. Liebling The Sweet Science and Other Writings Pete Hamill 2009 978-1-59853-040-7
192 various The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now Harold Holzer 2009 978-1-59853-033-9
193 Philip K. Dick VALIS and Later Novels Jonathan Lethem 2009 978-1-59853-044-5
194 Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Other Novels 1926–1948 J. D. McClatchy 2009 978-1-59853-045-2
195 Raymond Carver Collected Stories William L. Stull & Maureen P. Carroll 2009 978-1-59853-046-9
196 various American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps Peter Straub 2009 978-1-59853-047-6
197 various American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now Peter Straub 2009 978-1-59853-048-3
198 John Marshall Writings Charles F. Hobson 2010 978-1-59853-064-3
199 various The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works Shelley Fisher Fishkin 2010 978-1-59853-065-0
200 Mark Twain A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels Roy Blount Jr. 2010 978-1-59853-066-7
201 Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Journals 1820–1842 Lawrence Rosenwald 2010 978-1-59853-067-4
202 Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Journals 1841–1877 Lawrence Rosenwald 2010 978-1-59853-068-1
203 various The American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner Laurence Senelick 2010 978-1-59853-069-8
204 Shirley Jackson Novels and Stories Joyce Carol Oates 2010 978-1-59853-072-8
205 Philip Roth Novels 1993–1995 Ross Miller 2010 978-1-59853-078-0
206 H. L. Mencken Prejudices: First, Second, and Third Series Marion Elizabeth Rodgers 2010 978-1-59853-074-2
207 H. L. Mencken Prejudices: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Series Marion Elizabeth Rodgers 2010 978-1-59853-075-9
208 John Kenneth Galbraith The Affluent Society and Other Writings 1952–1967 James K. Galbraith 2010 978-1-59853-077-3
209 Saul Bellow Novels 1970–1982 James Wood 2010 978-1-59853-079-7
210 Lynd Ward Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage Art Spiegelman 2010 978-1-59853-080-3
211 Lynd Ward Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo Art Spiegelman 2010 978-1-59853-081-0
212 various The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, et al. 2011 978-1-59853-088-9
213 John Adams Revolutionary Writings 1755–1775 Gordon S. Wood 2011 978-1-59853-089-6
214 John Adams Revolutionary Writings 1775–1783 Gordon S. Wood 2011 978-1-59853-090-2
215 Henry James Novels 1903–1911 Ross Posnock 2011 978-1-59853-091-9
216 Kurt Vonnegut Novels and Stories 1963–1973 Sidney Offit 2011 978-1-59853-098-8
217 various Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s Rafia Zafar 2011 978-1-59853-099-5
218 various Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1930s Rafia Zafar 2011 978-1-59853-101-5
219 Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs S. T. Joshi 2011 978-1-59853-102-2
220 Philip Roth The American Trilogy 1997–2000 Ross Miller 2011 978-1-59853-103-9
221 various The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It Stephen W. Sears 2012 978-1-59853-144-2
222 Barbara W. Tuchman The Guns of August, The Proud Tower Margaret MacMillan 2012 978-1-59853-145-9
223 Arthur Miller Collected Plays 1964–1982 Tony Kushner 2012 978-1-59853-147-3
224 Thornton Wilder The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, Autobiographical Writings J. D. McClatchy 2012 978-1-59853-146-6
225 David Goodis Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s Robert Polito 2012 978-1-59853-148-0
226 Kurt Vonnegut Novels and Stories 1950–1962 Sidney Offit 2012 978-1-59853-150-3
227 various American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953–1956 Gary K. Wolfe 2012 978-1-59853-158-9
228 various American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956–1958 Gary K. Wolfe 2012 978-1-59853-159-6
229 Laura Ingalls Wilder The Little House Books, Volume 1 Caroline Fraser 2012 978-1-59853-160-2
230 Laura Ingalls Wilder The Little House Books, Volume 2 Caroline Fraser 2012 978-1-59853-161-9
231 Jack Kerouac Collected Poems Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell 2012 978-1-59853-193-0
232 various The War of 1812: Writings from America's Second War of Independence Donald R. Hickey 2012 978-1-59853-195-4
233 various American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation James G. Basker 2012 978-1-59853-196-1
234 various The Civil War: The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It Brooks D. Simpson 2013 978-1-59853-197-8
235 Sherwood Anderson Collected Stories Charles Baxter 2013 978-1-59853-204-3
236 Philip Roth Novels 2001–2007 Ross Miller 2013 978-1-59853-198-5
237 Philip Roth Nemeses Ross Miller 2013 978-1-59853-199-2
238 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation Curt Meine 2013 978-1-59853-206-7
239 May Swenson Collected Poems Langdon Hammer 2013 978-1-59853-210-4
240 W. S. Merwin Collected Poems 1952–1993 J. D. McClatchy 2013 978-1-59853-208-1
241 W. S. Merwin Collected Poems 1996–2011 J. D. McClatchy 2013 978-1-59853-209-8
242 John Updike Collected Early Stories Christopher Carduff 2013 978-1-59853-251-7
243 John Updike Collected Later Stories Christopher Carduff 2013 978-1-59853-252-4
244 Ring Lardner Stories and Other Writings Ian Frazier 2013 978-1-59853-253-1
245 Jonathan Edwards Writings from the Great Awakening Philip F. Gura 2013 978-1-59853-254-8
246 Susan Sontag Essays of the 1960s and 70s David Rieff 2013 978-1-59853-255-5
247 William Wells Brown Clotel and Other Writings Ezra Greenspan 2014 978-1-59853-291-3
248 Bernard Malamud Novels and Stories of the 1940s and 50s Philip Davis 2014 978-1-59853-292-0
249 Bernard Malamud Novels and Stories of the 1960s Philip Davis 2014 978-1-59853-293-7
250 various The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It Aaron Sheehan-Dean 2014 978-1-59853-294-4
251 various Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now James Shapiro 2014 978-1-59853-295-1
252 Kurt Vonnegut Novels 1976–1985 Sidney Offit 2014 978-1-59853-304-0
253 various American Musicals 1927–1949: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics Laurence Maslon 2014 978-1-59853-258-6
254 various American Musicals 1950–1969: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics Laurence Maslon 2014 978-1-59853-259-3
255 Elmore Leonard Four Novels of the 1970s Gregg Sutter 2014 978-1-59853-305-7
256 Louisa May Alcott Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories and Other Writings Susan Cheever 2014 978-1-59853-306-4
257 H. L. Mencken The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition Marion Elizabeth Rodgers 2014 978-1-59853-308-8
258 Virgil Thomson Music Chronicles 1940–1954 Tim Page 2014 978-1-59853-309-5
259 various Art in America 1945–1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism Jed Perl 2014 978-1-59853-310-1
260 Saul Bellow Novels 1984–2000 James Wood 2015 978-1-59853-352-1
261 Arthur Miller Collected Plays 1987–2004, with Stage and Radio Plays of the 1930s and 40s Tony Kushner 2015 978-1-59853-353-8
262 Jack Kerouac Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur Todd Tietchen 2015 978-1-59853-374-3
263 Reinhold Niebuhr Major Works on Religion and Politics Elisabeth Sifton 2015 978-1-59853-375-0
264 Ross Macdonald Four Crime Novels of the 1950s Tom Nolan 2015 978-1-59853-376-7
265 various The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, Volume 1, 1764–1772 Gordon S. Wood 2015 978-1-59853-377-4
266 various The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, Volume 2, 1773–1776 Gordon S. Wood 2015 978-1-59853-378-1
267 Elmore Leonard Four Novels of the 1980s Gregg Sutter 2015 978-1-59853-412-2
268 various Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s Sarah Weinman 2015 978-1-59853-430-6
269 various Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s Sarah Weinman 2015 978-1-59853-431-3
270 Frederick Law Olmsted Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society Charles E. Beveridge 2015 978-1-59853-452-8
271 Edith Wharton Four Novels of the 1920s Hermione Lee 2015 978-1-59853-453-5
272 James Baldwin Later Novels Darryl Pinckney 2015 978-1-59853-454-2
273 Kurt Vonnegut Novels 1987–1997 Sidney Offit 2016 978-1-59853-464-1
274 Henry James Autobiographies Philip Horne 2016 978-1-59853-471-9
275 Abigail Adams Letters Edith Gelles 2016 978-1-59853-465-8
276 John Adams Writings from the New Nation 1784–1826 Gordon S. Wood 2016 978-1-59853-466-5
277 Virgil Thomson The State of Music and Other Writings Tim Page 2016 978-1-59853-467-2
278 various War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing Lawrence Rosenwald 2016 978-1-59853-473-3
279 Ross Macdonald Three Novels of the Early 1960s Tom Nolan 2016 978-1-59853-479-5
280 Elmore Leonard Four Later Novels Gregg Sutter 2016 978-1-59853-492-4
281 Ursula K. Le Guin The Complete Orsinia Brian Attebery 2016 978-1-59853-493-1
282 John O'Hara Stories Charles McGrath 2016 978-1-59853-497-9
283 Jack Kerouac The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished and Newly Translated Writings Todd Tietchen 2016 978-1-59853-498-6
284 Albert Murray Collected Essays and Memoirs Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Paul Devlin 2016 978-1-59853-503-7
285 Loren Eiseley Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Volume One William Cronon 2016 978-1-59853-506-8
286 Loren Eiseley Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Volume Two William Cronon 2016 978-1-59853-507-5
287 Carson McCullers Stories, Plays and Other Writings Carlos L. Dews 2017 978-1-59853-511-2
288 Jane Bowles Collected Writings Millicent Dillon 2017 978-1-59853-513-6
289 various World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It A. Scott Berg 2017 978-1-59853-514-3
290 Mary McCarthy Novels and Stories 1942–1963 Thomas Mallon 2017 978-1-59853-516-7
291 Mary McCarthy Novels 1963–1979 Thomas Mallon 2017 978-1-59853-517-4
292 Susan Sontag Later Essays David Rieff 2017 978-1-59853-519-8
293 John Quincy Adams Diaries 1779–1821 David Waldstreicher 2017 978-1-59853-520-4
294 John Quincy Adams Diaries 1821–1848 David Waldstreicher 2017 978-1-59853-522-8
295 Ross Macdonald Four Later Novels Tom Nolan 2017 978-1-59853-534-1
296 Ursula K. Le Guin Hainish Novels and Stories, Volume One Brian Attebery 2017 978-1-59853-538-9
297 Ursula K. Le Guin Hainish Novels and Stories, Volume Two Brian Attebery 2017 978-1-59853-539-6
298 Peter Taylor Complete Stories 1938–1959 Ann Beattie 2017 978-1-59853-542-6
299 Peter Taylor Complete Stories 1960–1992 Ann Beattie 2017 978-1-59853-543-3
300 Philip Roth Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013 2017 978-1-59853-540-2
301 John Ashbery Complete Poems 1991‒2000 Mark Ford 2017 978-1-59853-535-8
302 Wendell Berry Port William Novels and Stories (The Civil War to World War II) Jack Shoemaker 2018 978-1-59853-554-9
303 various Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality Brooks D. Simpson 2018 978-1-59853-555-6
304 Albert Murray Collected Novels and Poems Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Paul Devlin 2018 978-1-59853-561-7
305 Norman Mailer Four Books of the 1960s J. Michael Lennon 2018 978-1-59853-558-7
306 Norman Mailer Collected Essays of the 1960s J. Michael Lennon 2018 978-1-59853-559-4
307 Rachel Carson Silent Spring and Other Writings on the Environment Sandra Steingraber 2018 978-1-59853-560-0
308 Elmore Leonard Westerns Terrence Rafferty 2018 978-1-59853-562-4
309 Madeleine L'Engle The Wrinkle in Time Quartet Leonard S. Marcus 2018 978-1-59853-578-5
310 Madeleine L'Engle The Polly O'Keefe Quartet Leonard S. Marcus 2018 978-1-59853-579-2
311 John Updike Novels 1959–1965 Christopher Carduff 2018 978-1-59853-581-5
312 James Fenimore Cooper Two Novels of the American Revolution Alan Taylor 2018 978-1-59853-582-2
313 John O'Hara Four Novels of the 1930s Steven Goldleaf 2019 978-1-59853-600-3
314 Ann Petry The Street, The Narrows Farah Jasmine Griffin 2019 978-1-59853-601-0
315 Ursula K. Le Guin Always Coming Home (Author's Expanded Edition) Brian Attebery 2019 978-1-59853-603-4
316 Wendell Berry Essays 1969–1990 Jack Shoemaker 2019 978-1-59853-606-5
317 Wendell Berry Essays 1993–2017 Jack Shoemaker 2019 978-1-59853-608-9
318 Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far Rick Atkinson 2019 978-1-59853-611-9
319 Booth Tarkington Novels and Stories Thomas Mallon 2019 978-1-59853-620-1
320 Herman Melville Complete Poems Hershel Parker 2019 978-1-59853-618-8
321 various American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1960–1966 Gary K. Wolfe 2019 978-1-59853-501-3
322 various American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1968–1969 Gary K. Wolfe 2019 978-1-59853-502-0
323 Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina 2019 978-1-59853-638-6
324 Jean Stafford Complete Novels Kathryn Davis 2019 978-1-59853-644-7
325 Joan Didion The 1960s and 70s David L. Ulin 2019 978-1-59853-645-4
326 John Updike Novels 1968–1975 Christopher Carduff 2020 978-1-59853-649-2
327 Constance Fenimore Woolson Collected Stories Anne Boyd Rioux 2020 978-1-59853-650-8
328 Robert Stone Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach Madison Smartt Bell 2020 978-1-59853-654-6
329 Jonathan Schell The Fate of the Earth, The Abolition, The Unconquerable World Martin J. Sherwin 2020 978-1-59853-658-4
330 Richard Hofstadter Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Uncollected Essays 1956–1965 Sean Wilentz 2020 978-1-59853-659-1
331 various The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940s and 50s Ron Hansen 2020 978-1-59853-661-4
332 various American Women's Suffrage: Voices from the Long Struggle for the Vote 1776–1965 Susan Ware 2020 978-1-59853-664-5
333 various African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Kevin Young 2020 978-1-59853-666-9
334 Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises and Other Writings 1918–1926 Robert W. Trogdon 2020 978-1-59853-667-6
335 Ursula K. Le Guin Annals of the Western Shore Brian Attebery 2020 978-1-59853-668-3
336 Shirley Jackson Four Novels of the 1940s and 50s Ruth Franklin 2020 978-1-59853-670-6
337 various Plymouth Colony Lisa Brooks & Kelly Wisecup 2020 978-1-59853-673-7
338 Octavia E. Butler Kindred, Fledgling, Collected Stories Gerry Canavan & Nisi Shawl 2021 978-1-59853-675-1
339 John Updike Novels 1978–1984 Christopher Carduff 2021 978-1-59853-677-5
340 Edward O. Wilson Biophilia, The Diversity of Life, Naturalist David Quammen 2021 978-1-59853-679-9
341 Joan Didion The 1980s and 90s David L. Ulin 2021 978-1-59853-683-6
342 Jean Stafford Complete Stories and Other Writings Kathryn Davis 2021 978-1-59853-682-9
343 Donald Barthelme Collected Stories Charles McGrath 2021 978-1-59853-684-3
344 Elizabeth Spencer Novels and Stories Michael Gorra 2021 978-1-59853-686-7
345 O. Henry 101 Stories Ben Yagoda 2021 978-1-59853-690-4
346 S. J. Perelman Writings Adam Gopnik 2021 978-1-59853-692-8
347 Ray Bradbury Novels and Story Cycles Jonathan R. Eller 2021 978-1-59853-700-0
348 Virginia Hamilton Five Novels Julie K. Rubini 2021 978-1-59853-701-7
349 John Williams Collected Novels Daniel Mendelsohn 2021 978-1-59853-702-4
350 W. E. B. Du Bois Black Reconstruction Eric Foner & Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2021 978-1-59853-703-1
351 various World War II Memoirs: The Pacific Theater Elizabeth D. Samet 2021 978-1-59853-704-8
352 Rachel Carson The Sea Trilogy Sandra Steingraber 2021 978-1-59853-705-5
353 F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, All the Sad Young Men and Other Writings 1920–1926 James L. W. West III 2022 978-1-59853-714-7
354 John Updike Novels 1986–1990 Christopher Carduff 2022 978-1-59853-717-8
355 Maxine Hong Kingston The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, Other Writings Viet Thanh Nguyen 2022 978-1-59853-724-6
356 Charlotte Perkins Gilman Novels, Stories, and Poems Alfred Bendixen 2022 978-1-59853-719-2
357 Gary Snyder Collected Poems Jack Shoemaker & Anthony Hunt 2022 978-1-59853-721-5
358 Frederick Douglass Speeches and Writings David W. Blight 2022 978-1-59853-722-2
359 Bruce Catton The Army of the Potomac Trilogy Gary W. Gallagher 2022 978-1-59853-725-3
360 Ray Bradbury The Illustrated Man, The October Country and Other Stories Jonathan R. Eller 2022 978-1-59853728-4
361 Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima, Tortuga, Alburquerque Luis Alberto Urrea 2022 978-1-59853729-1
362 Oscar Hijuelos The Mambo Kings and Other Novels Lori Carlson-Hijuelos & Laura P. Alonso-Gall 2022 978-1-59853730-7
363 Don DeLillo Three Novels of the 1980s Mark Osteen 2022 978-1-59853-733-8
364 Norman Mailer The Naked and the Dead and Selected Letters 1945–1946 J. Michael Lennon 2023 978-1-59853-743-7

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  2. ^ David Skinner (September 2015). "Edmund Wilson's Big Idea: A Series of Books Devoted to Classic American Writing. It Almost Didn't Happen". Humanities. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
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  4. ^ Cromie, William J., Ken Gewertz, Corydon Ireland, and Alvin Powell. "Honorary degrees awarded at Commencement's Morning Exercises" Archived May 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Harvard Gazette. June 7, 2007.
  5. ^ Peter Wood (Fall 2003). "Containing Multitudes:The Politics of the Library of America". Claremont Review of Books. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  6. ^ Malcolm Jones (April 6, 2010). "Is the Library of America Irrelevant?". Newsweek. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "The Library of America betrayed". The New Criterion. September 1989. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Arthur Crystal (March 2014). "What Is Literature?". Harper's Magazine. March 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  9. ^ Tom Disch (Spring–Summer 2001). "The Library of America". The Paris Review. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Library of America Goes With the Zeitgeist". Evanston Public Library. April 1, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  11. ^ Epstein, Joseph (January 1, 2001). Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 140. ISBN 978-0393049848.

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