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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.

Some albums de la Pléiade

Bibliothèque de la Pléiade

French editorial collection which was created in 1931 by Jacques Schiffrin, an independent young editor.

French editorial collection which was created in 1931 by Jacques Schiffrin, an independent young editor.

Some albums de la Pléiade
Detailed view of the fine binding of a volume in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade
Seven books in the Pléiade collection in the seven colors available, according to periods.
Spine with gold lettering
Title page of a work of Charles Baudelaire in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade

The Library of America series, launched in 1979, is a similar project in the United States inspired by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.

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.

Aaron in a 2010 interview

Daniel Aaron

Aaron in a 2010 interview

Daniel Aaron (August 4, 1912 – April 30, 2016) was an American writer and academic who helped found the Library of America.

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.

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.

Agee in 1937

James Agee

American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic.

American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic.

Agee in 1937
James Agee Park in the Fort Sanders neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville was Agee's childhood home and the setting for his novel A Death in the Family.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, Shorter Fiction (Michael Sragow, ed.) (Library of America, 2005) ISBN: 978-1-931082-81-5. Stories include "Death in the Desert," "They That Sow in Sorrow Shall Reap" and "A Mother's Tale."

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.

John Berryman

American poet and scholar.

American poet and scholar.

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In 2004, the Library of America published John Berryman: Selected Poems, edited by the poet Kevin Young.