The Library of America

History and Mission Statement

(from LOA web site, 3/99):

“The Library of America was founded in 1979 to undertake a historic endeavor: to help preserve the nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s best and most significant writing in durable and authoritative editions.”

“The idea for The Library of America was first discussed some thirty years ago by scholars and literary critics who were concerned that many works by America’s finest writers were either out of print or nearly impossible to find. Without a deliberate publishing effort to preserve American writing, many important works would virtually disappear and be lost to future generations. Deprived of an important part of their cultural inheritance, Americans would lose a collective sense of the country’s literary accomplishments. The Pleiade series published in France provided a model, and discussion of a similar American series continued until the late 1970s, when seed money from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation was secured to create The Library of America. The first volumes were published in 1982. Like the historic preservation movement, which originated in the 1920s with concerns about architectural heritage, The Library of America seeks to restore and pass on to future generations our nation’s literary heritage. This entails something never attempted before: not only publishing these volumes but keeping them permanently in print and widely available to readers.

“In the years since The Library of America’s inception it has come to be recognized by both scholars and the general public as the national edition of our country’s literature.”

Debate on the Constitution, Part 1: September 1789 to February 1788

American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume One: Freneau to Whitman

Debate on the Constitution, Part 2: January to August 1788

American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume Two: Melville to Stickney,

Reporting World War II, Part 2: American Journalism 1944-1946

Reporting World War II, Part 1: American Journalism 1938-1944

Crime Novels: American Noir, American Noir of the 1930s and 40s

Crime Novels: American Noir, American Noir of the 1950s

Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959 – 1975, Part One: American Journalism

Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959 – 1975, Part Two: American Journalism

American Sermons : The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr

Adams, Henry. Novels, Mont Saint Michel, The Education

Adams, Henry. History of the United States: During the Administrations of Jefferson

Adams, Henry. History of the United States: During the Administrations of Madison

Baldwin, James. Early Novels & Stories

Baldwin, James. Collected Essays

Bartram, William. Travels and Other Writings

Brown, Charles Brockden. Three Gothic Novels

Cather, Willa. Early Novels and Stories

Cather, Willa. Later Novels

Cather, Willa. Stories, Poems, and Other Writings

Chandler, Raymond. Stories & Early Novels

Chandler, Raymond. Later Novels & Other Writings

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Leatherstocking Tales (Vol. 1)

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Leatherstocking Tales (Vol. 2)

Cooper, James Fenimore. Sea Tales: The Pilot, The Red Rover

Crane, Stephen. Prose and Poetry

Douglass, Frederick, Autobiographies

Dos Passos, John. U.S.A.

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, Twelve Men

Du Bois, W.E.B.. Writings

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Collected Poems and Translations

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays and Lectures

Faulkner, William, Novels 1942-1954

Faulkner, William. Novels 1930 – 1935

Faulkner, William. Novels 1936 – 1940

Franklin, Benjamin. Writings

Frost, Robert. Collected Poems, Prose and Plays

Grant, Ulysses S.. Memoirs and Selected Letters

Hamett, Dashielle. Complete Novels

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Tales and Sketches

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Collected Novels

Howells, William Dean. Novels 1875-1886

Howells, William Dean. Novels 1886-1888

Hurston, Zora Neale, Novels & Stories

Hurston, Zora Neale. Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings

Irving, Washington. History, Tales and Sketches

Irving, Washington. Bracebridge Hall,Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra

James, Henry. Novels 1871-1880

James, Henry. Literary Criticism (Vol. 1)

James, Henry. Literary Criticism (Vol. 2)

James, Henry. Novels 1881-1886

James, Henry. Novels 1886-1890

James, Henry. Collected Travel Writings (Vol. 1)

James, Henry. Collected Travel Writings (Vol. 2)

James, Henry. Complete Stories 1892-1898

James, Henry. Complete Stories 1898-1910

James, Henry. Complete Stories 1874-1884

James, Henry. Complete Stories 1884-1891

James, William. Writings 1902-1910

James, William. Writings 1878-1899

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings

Jewett, Sarah Orne, Novels and Stories

Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street & Babbitt

Lincoln, Abraham. Speeches and Writings 1832-1858

Lincoln, Abraham. Speeches and Writings 1859-1865

London, Jack. Novels and Stories

London, Jack. Novels and Social Writings

Melville, Herman. Typee, Omoo, Mardi

Melville, Herman. Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick

Melville, Herman. Pierre, Israel Potter, The Confidence-Man, Tales

Muir, John. Nature Writings

Nabokov, Vladimir. Novels and Memiors 1941 – 1951

Nabokov, Vladimir. Novels 1955 – 1962

Nabokov, Vladimir. Novels 1969 – 1974

Norris, Frank. Novels and Essays

O’Connor, Flannery. Collected Works

O’Neill, Eugene. Vol. 1: Complete Plays 1913-1920

O’Neill, Eugene. Vol. 2: Complete Plays 1920-1931

O’Neill, Eugene. Vol. 3: Complete Plays 1932-1943

Parkman, Francis. France and England in North America Vol. 1

Parkman, Francis. France and England in North America Vol. 2

Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac

Poe, Edgar Allan. Essays and Reviews

Poe, Edgar Allan. Poetry and Tales

Sherman, William T.. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman

Stein, Gertrude. Writings 1903-1932

Stein, Gertrude. Writings 1932-1946

Steinbeck, John, Novels and Stories 1932-1937

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936-1941

Stevens, Wallace. Collected Poetry and Prose

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Three Novels

Thoreau, Henry David. A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod

Thurber, James. Writings and Drawings

Twain, Mark, Historical Romances

Twain, Mark. Mississippi Writings

Twain, Mark. The Innocents Abroad & Roughing It

Twain, Mark. Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays (1)

Twain, Mark. Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays (2)

Washington, George. Writings

Welty, Eudora. Complete Novels

Welty, Eudora. Stories, Essays, and Memoir

West, Nathanael. Novels and Other Writings

Wharton, Edith. Novels

Wharton, Edith. Novellas and Other Writings

Whitman, Walt. Poetry and Prose

Wright, Richard. Early Works

Wright, Richard. Later Works

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