The OF Blog: Library of America titles

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Library of America titles

I am often attracted to collecting certain well-designed books.  In addition to owning the majority of the Easton Press 100 Greatest Books, I have slowly been building my collection of Library of America titles, as the design, thin paper, the scholarship, in addition to the classic titles themselves, appeal greatly to me.  It's not a cheap endeavor, as a new volume usually lists for $35 or $40 (admittedly, most are $20-28 on Amazon).  Over the past three years, I've managed to acquire nearly 50 titles, some of them used, and I hope to add to my collection in 2012.

Although I had planned to wait until New Year's Day to announce this, I do plan on reading (and likely reviewing) several, if not all, of the Library of America editions that I currently own, in hopes that it'll draw more people to read these stories and to support a non-profit agency.  Below are the current titles through this month.  Bold means I've read it in that edition, italics for books owned but not read in the LoA edition, and plain means I need to acquire copies in the future:

Edit:  Found a used two-volume bicentennial edition of Lincoln's speeches and writings in excellent condition this afternoon at McKay's, so the total is now up to 50 books acquired for this series, plus poetry collections by James Agee and Carl Sandburg for Library of America's Poetry series.

Edit (5/24/12):  Total volumes owned is now up to 101.  Updated listing to include forthcoming titles through the end of 2012.

Edit (2/24/13):  Total volumes owned is now up to  109.  Updated listing to include forthcoming titles through the end of 2013.

Edit (1/11/14):  Total volumes owned is now up to 128.  Updated listing is current through at least mid-2014.


1.  Herman Melville, Typee, Omoo, Mardi
2.  Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches
3.  Walt Whitman, Poetry and Prose
4.  Harriet Beecher Stowe, Three Novels
5.  Mark Twain, Mississippi Writings
6.  Jack London, Novels and Stories
7.  Jack London, Novels and Social Writings
8.  William Dean Howells, Novels 1875–1886
9.  Herman Melville, Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick
10.  Nathaniel Hawthorne, Collected Novels
11.  Francis Parkman, France and England in North America: Volume One
12.  Francis Parkman, France and England in North America: Volume Two
13.  Henry James, Novels 1871–1880
14.  Henry Adams, Novels, Mont Saint Michel, The Education
15.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures
16.  Washington Irving, History, Tales and Sketches
17.  Thomas Jefferson, Writings
18.  Stephen Crane, Prose and Poetry
19.  Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry and Tales
20.  Edgar Allan Poe, Essays and Reviews
21.  Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It
22.  Henry James, Literary Criticism: Essays on Literature, American Writers & English Writers
23.  Henry James, Literary Criticism: French Writers, Other European Writers, Prefaces to the New York Edition
24.  Herman Melville, Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-Man, Billy Budd, Uncollected Prose
25.  William Faulkner, Novels 1930–1935
26.  James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume One
27.  James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume Two
28.  Henry David Thoreau, A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod
29.  Henry James, Novels 1881–1886
30.  Edith Wharton, Novels
31.  Henry Adams, History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson (1801–1809)
32.  Henry Adams, History of the United States During the Administrations of Madison (1809–1817)
33.  Frank Norris, Novels and Essays
34.  W.E.B. Du Bois, Writings
35.  Willa Cather, Early Novels and Stories
36.  Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, Twelve Men
37.  Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings
37.  Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings
38.  William James, Writings 1902–1910
39.  Flannery O'Connor, Collected Works
40.  Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1913–1920
41.  Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1920–1931
42.  Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1932–1943
43.  Henry James, Novels 1886–1890
44.  William Dean Howells, Novels 1886–1888
45.  Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1832–1858
46.  Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1859–1865
47.  Edith Wharton, Novellas and Other Writings
48.  William Faulkner, Novels 1936–1940
49.  Willa Cather, Later Novels
50.  Ulysses S. Grant, Memoirs and Selected Letters
51.  William T. Sherman, Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman
52.  Washington Irving, Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra
53.  Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac
54.  James Fenimore Cooper, Sea Tales
55.  Richard Wright, Early Works
56.  Richard Wright, Later Works
57.  Willa Cather, Stories, Poems, and Other Writings
58.  William James, Writings 1878–1899
59.  Sinclair Lewis, Main Street and Babbitt
60.  Mark Twain, Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1852–1890
61.  Mark Twain, Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1891–1910
62.  The Debate on the Constitution: Part One: September 1787 to February 1788
63.  The Debate on the Constitution: Part Two: January to August 1788
64.  Henry James, Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America
65.  Henry James, Collected Travel Writings: The Continent
66.  American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, volume one: Freneau to Whitman
67.  American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, volume two: Melville to Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals
68.  Frederick Douglass, Autobiographies
69.  Sarah Orne Jewett, Novels and Stories
70.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations
71.  Mark Twain, Historical Romances
72.  John Steinbeck, Novels and Stories 1932–1937
73.  William Faulkner, Novels 1942–1954
74.  Zora Neale Hurston, Novels and Stories
75.  Zora Neale Hurston, Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings
76.  Thomas Paine, Collected Writings
77.  Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938–1944
78.  Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1944–1946
79.  Raymond Chandler, Stories and Early Novels
80.  Raymond Chandler, Later Novels and Other Writings
81.  Robert Frost, Collected Poems, Prose and Plays
82.  Henry James, Complete Stories 1892–1898
83.  Henry James, Complete Stories 1898–1910
84.  William Bartram, Travels and Other Writings
85.  John Dos Passos, U.S.A.
86.  John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936–1941
87.  Vladimir Nabokov, Novels and Memoirs 1941–1951
88.  Vladimir Nabokov, Novels 1955–1962
89.  Vladimir Nabokov, Novels 1969–1974
90.  James Thurber, Writings and Drawings
91.  George Washington, Writings
92.  John Muir, Nature Writings
93.  Nathanael West, Novels and Other Writings
94.  Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s
95.  Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s
96.  Wallace Stevens, Collected Poetry and Prose
97.  James Baldwin, Early Novels & Stories
98.  James Baldwin, Collected Essays
99.  Gertrude Stein, Writings 1903–1932
100.  Gertrude Stein, Writings 1932–1946
101.  Eudora Welty, Complete Novels
102.  Eudora Welty, Stories, Essays, and Memoir
103.  Charles Brockden Brown, Three Gothic Novels
104.  Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959–1969
105.  Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969–1975
106.  Henry James, Complete Stories 1874–1884
107.  Henry James, Complete Stories 1884–1891
108.  American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr.
109.  James Madison, Writings
110.  Dashiell Hammett, Complete Novels
111.  Henry James, Complete Stories 1864–1874
112.  William Faulkner, Novels 1957–1962
113.  John James Audubon, Writings and Drawings
114.  Slave Narratives
115.  American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume one: Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker
116.  American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume two: E.E. Cummings to May Swenson
117.  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novels and Stories 1920–1922
118.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poems and Other Writings
119.  Tennessee Williams, Plays 1937–1955
120.  Tennessee Williams, Plays 1957–1980
121.  Edith Wharton, Collected Stories 1891–1910
122.  Edith Wharton, Collected Stories 1911–1937
123.  The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
124.  Henry David Thoreau, Collected Essays and Poems
125.  Dashiell Hammett, Crime Stories and Other Writings
126.  Dawn Powell, Novels 1930–1942
127.  Dawn Powell, Novels 1944–1962
128.  Carson McCullers, Complete Novels
129.  Alexander Hamilton, Writings
130.  Mark Twain, The Gilded Age and Later Novels
131.  Charles W. Chesnutt, Stories, Novels, and Essays
132.  John Steinbeck, Novels 1942–1952
133.  Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth
134.  Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider's House
135.  Paul Bowles, Collected Stories and Later Writings
136.  Kate Chopin, Complete Novels and Stories
137.  Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941–1963
138.  Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963–1973
139.  Henry James, Novels 1896–1899
140.  Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy
141.  Saul Bellow, Novels 1944–1953
142.  John Dos Passos, Novels 1920–1925
143.  John Dos Passos, Travel Books and Other Writings 1916–1941
144.  Ezra Pound, Poems and Translations
145.  James Weldon Johnson, Writings
146.  Washington Irving, Three Western Narratives
147.  Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
148.  James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy
149.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories: Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer
150.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories: A Friend of Kafka to Passions
151.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories: One Night In Brazil to The Death Of Methuselah
152.  George S. Kaufman & Co., Broadway Comedies
153.  Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders, An Autobiography
154.  Theodore Roosevelt, Letters and Speeches
155.  H. P. Lovecraft, Tales
156.  Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys
157.  Philip Roth, Novels and Stories 1959–1962
158.  Philip Roth, Novels 1967–1972
159.  James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, and Shorter Fiction
160.  James Agee, Film Writing and Selected Journalism
161.  Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast and Other Voyages
162.  Henry James, Novels 1901–1902
163.  Arthur Miller, Collected Plays 1944–1961
164.  William Faulkner, Novels 1926–1929
165.  Philip Roth, Novels 1973–1977
166.  American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War
167.  American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton
168.  Hart Crane, Complete Poems and Selected Letters
169.  Saul Bellow, Novels 1956–1964
170.  John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley and Later Novels 1947–1962
171.  Capt. John Smith, Writings, with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America
172.  Thornton Wilder, Collected Plays and Writings on Theater
173.  Philip K. Dick, Four Novels of the 1960s
174.  Jack Kerouac, Road Novels 1957–1960
175.  Philip Roth, Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy & Epilogue 1979–1985
176.  Edmund Wilson, Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s and 30s
177.  Edmund Wilson, Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 40s
178.  American Poetry:  The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
179.  William Maxwell, Early Novels and Stories
180.  Elizabeth Bishop, Poems, Prose, and Letters
181.  A. J. Liebling, World War II Writings
182.  American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau
183.  Philip K. Dick, Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s
184.  William Maxwell, Later Novels and Stories
185.  Philip Roth, Novels and Other Narratives 1986–1991
186.  Katherine Anne Porter, Collected Stories and Other Writings
187.  John Ashbery, Collected Poems 1956–1987
188.  John Cheever, Collected Stories and Other Writings
189.  John Cheever, Complete Novels
190.  Lafcadio Hearn, American Writings
191.  A. J. Liebling, The Sweet Science and Other Writings
192.  The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now
193.  Philip K. Dick, VALIS and Later Novels
194.  Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Other Novels 1926–1948
195.  Raymond Carver, Collected Stories
196.  American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

197.  American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now
198.  John Marshall, Writings
199.  The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works
200.  Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels
201.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Journals 1820–1842
202.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Journals 1841–1877
203.  The American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner
204.  Shirley Jackson, Novels and Stories
205.  Philip Roth, Novels 1993-1995
206.  H. L. Mencken, Prejudices: First, Second, and Third Series
207.  H. L. Mencken, Prejudices: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Series
208.  John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society and Other Writings 1952–1967
209.  Saul Bellow, Novels 1970-1982
210.  Lynd Ward, Gods’ Man, Madman’s Drum, Wild Pilgrimage

211.  Lynd Ward, Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo
212.  The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
213.  John Adams, Revolutionary Writings 1755-1775
214.  John Adams, Revolutionary Writings 1775-1783
215.  Henry James, Novels 1903-1911

216.  Kurt Vonnegut, Novels & Stories 1963–1973

217.  Harlem Renaissance Novels: Five Novels of the 1920s

218.  Harlem Renaissance Novels: Four Novels of the 1930s
219.  Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs
220.  Philip Roth, The American Trilogy 1997–2000
221.  The Civil War:  The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
222.  Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August & The Proud Tower
223.  Arthur Miller, Collected Plays 1964–1982
224.  Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, Autobiographical Writings
225.  David Goodis, Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s
226.  Kurt Vonnegut, Novels & Stories 1950-1962
227.  American Science Fiction:  Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s volume 1:  1953-1956
228.  American Science Fiction:  Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s volume 2:  1956-1958
229.  Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Little House Books volume 1
230.  Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Little House Books volume 2
231.  Jack Kerouac, Collected Poems
232.  The War of 1812:  Writings from America's Second War of Independence
233.  American Antislavery Writings:  Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
234.  The Civil War:  The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It
235.  Sherwood Anderson, Collected Stories
236.  Philip Roth, Novels 2001-2007
237.  Philip Roth, Nemeses
238.  Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology
239.  May Swenson, Collected Poems
240.  W.S. Merwin, Collected Poems 1953-1993
241.  W.S. Merwin, Collected Poems 1993-2013
242.  John Updike, Collected Early Stories
243.  John Updike, Collected Later Stories
244.  Ring Lardner, Stories & Other Writings
245.  Jonathan Edwards, Writings from the Great Awakening
246.  Susan Sontag, Essays of the 1960s &70s
247.  William Wells Brown, Clotel & Other Writings
248.  Bernard Malamud, Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s
249.  Bernard Malamud, Novels and Stories of the 1960s
250.  The Civil War:  The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It
251.  Shakespeare in America:  An Anthology from the Revolution to Now
252.  Kurt Vonnegut, Novels 1976-1985
253.  Various, American Musicals 1927-1949
254.  Various, American Musicals 1950-1969
255.  Elmore Leonard, Four Novels of the 1970s
256.  Louise May Alcott, Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories & Other Writings
257.  H.L. Mencken, The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition
258.  Virgil Thomson, Music Chronicles 1940-1954
259.  Various, Art in America 1945-1970:  Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

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