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Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten

Richard Wright (author)

American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.

American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.

Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
A historic marker in Natchez, Mississippi, commemorating Richard Wright, who was born near the city
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the Orson Welles production of Native Son (1941)
Plaque commemorating Wright's residence in Paris, at 14, rue Monsieur le Prince.
Banned Books Week reading of Black Boy at Shimer College in 2013

American Hunger, which was published posthumously in 1977, was originally intended by Wright as the second volume of Black Boy. The Library of America edition of 1991 finally restored the book to its original two-volume form.

First edition

Native Son

Novel written by the American author Richard Wright.

Novel written by the American author Richard Wright.

First edition
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the original Broadway production of Native Son (1941), produced and directed by Orson Welles

Library of America published a restored draft version of the book assembled by editor Arnold Rampersad.

Edmund Wilson

American writer and literary critic who explored Freudian and Marxist themes.

American writer and literary critic who explored Freudian and Marxist themes.

His scheme for a Library of America series of national classic works came to fruition through the efforts of Jason Epstein after Wilson's death.

Epstein in 2011

Jason Epstein

American editor and publisher.

American editor and publisher.

Epstein in 2011

In 1979, Epstein took up and forwarded the critic Edmund Wilson's concept for the Library of America, well-made, reliable editions of important American writers similar to the French Pleiade editions.

Updike at the PEN Congress, colorized

John Updike

American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic.

American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic.

Updike at the PEN Congress, colorized
Boyhood home in Shillington
Updike in 1989
Updike delivering the 2008 Jefferson Lecture

In 2013, the Library of America issued a two-volume boxed edition of 186 stories under the title The Collected Stories.

Hawthorne in the 1860s

Nathaniel Hawthorne

American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer.

American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer.

Hawthorne in the 1860s
Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Charles Osgood, 1841 (Peabody Essex Museum)
Nathaniel Hawthorne's childhood home in Raymond, ME
Boston Custom House, Custom House Street, where Hawthorne worked ca.1839–40
Sophia Peabody Hawthorne (1809–1871)
Una, Julian, and Rose ca. 1862
Daguerrotype of Hawthorne, Whipple & Black, 1848
Grave of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Statue of Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts, by Bela Lyon Pratt and dedicated in 1925
William H. Getchell's 1861 photograph of Hawthorne which inspired the sculpture
The Midas myth, from A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. Illustration by Walter Crane for the 1893 edition.

In 2008, the Library of America selected Hawthorne's "A show of wax-figures" for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime.

Le Guin in 2009

Ursula K. Le Guin

American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series.

American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series.

Le Guin in 2009
Ursula's father, Alfred Kroeber, with Ishi, the last of the Yahi people (1911)
Le Guin with Harlan Ellison at Westercon in Portland, Oregon (1984)
Le Guin at a reading in Danville, California (June 2008)
Le Guin at a "meet the author" event in 2004
Neil Gaiman, pictured here in 2013, is among the many authors who have acknowledged Le Guin's influence on their own writing.
Le Guin signing a book in 2013

Other collections included Changing Planes, also released in 2002, while the anthologies included The Unreal and the Real (2012), and The Hainish Novels and Stories, a two-volume set of works from the Hainish universe released by the Library of America.

Eudora Welty in 1962

Eudora Welty

American short story writer, novelist and photographer, who wrote about the American South.

American short story writer, novelist and photographer, who wrote about the American South.

Eudora Welty in 1962
The Eudora Welty House
Welty is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1980
Welty's headstone at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi

She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America.

Twain in 1907

Mark Twain

American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

Twain in 1907
Samuel Clemens, age 15
Twain, age 31
Twain with American Civil War correspondent and author George Alfred Townsend, and David Gray, editor of the rival Buffalo Courier
Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut
Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla, early 1894
Plaque on Sydney Writers Walk commemorating the visit of Twain in 1895
Twain photographed in 1908 via the Autochrome Lumiere process
Twain in his gown (scarlet with grey sleeves and facings) for his D.Litt. degree, awarded to him by Oxford University
Twain and his wife are buried side by side in Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery
Cabin where Twain wrote "Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", Jackass Hill, Tuolumne County. Click on [[:File:Mark Twain Cabin Marker (Close-up) MVC-068X.jpg|historical marker]] and [[:File:Mark Twain Cabin Interior MVC-073X.jpg|interior view]].
Caricature of Twain in the London magazine Vanity Fair, May 1908

Louis J. Budd, ed. Mark Twain, Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays 1891–1910 (Library of America, 1992) (ISBN: 978-0-940450-73-8)

Phillip Lopate

American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher.

American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher.

He edited a massive anthology of American film criticism from the silent era to present day, entitled American Movie Critics: From Silents Until Now, was published in March 2006 for Library of America.