A report on Library of America

Nonprofit publisher of classic American literature.

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Edmund Wilson

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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.

First edition

Native Son

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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.

Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten

Richard Wright (author)

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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.

Epstein in 2011

Jason Epstein

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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.

Aaron in a 2010 interview

Daniel Aaron

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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.

Eudora Welty in 1962

Eudora Welty

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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.

Stavans at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.

Ilan Stavans

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Mexican-American author and academic.

Mexican-American author and academic.

Stavans at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
Stavans at the Santiago International Book Fair 2017

The same year he edited the 3-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories for the Library of America.

Some albums de la Pléiade

Bibliothèque de la Pléiade

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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.

Shulman at discussion at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in 2010

Alix Kates Shulman

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American writer of fiction, memoirs, and essays, and a prominent early radical activist of second-wave feminism.

American writer of fiction, memoirs, and essays, and a prominent early radical activist of second-wave feminism.

Shulman at discussion at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in 2010

In 2021 Library of America published Women’s Liberation!: Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution & Still Can, an anthology of major writings of feminism’s second wave, 1963-1991, co-edited by Shulman and Honor Moore.

Richard Poirier

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American literary critic.

American literary critic.

He co-founded the Library of America, and served as chairman of its board.