Back Library of America marks thirty-five years as curator of America’s written heritage

“The indispensable pantheon of our national literature” —Fortune

For over three decades, Library of America has been curating volumes that expand the scope of great American writing in ways both expected and surprising. From the beginning the series has been known for its unpredictability. Where else can James Fenimore Cooper rub shoulders with Zora Neale Hurston, Willa Cather cast a glance at Raymond Chandler, and World War II reporters mix it up with the Founders?

In thirty-five years, Library of America has grown to 300 volumes and 10 million copies in print. Now in one definitive collection that includes acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces, and historically important documents—all in authoritative, accurate texts—readers have access to an authentic, dynamic portrait of who we are and what we aspire to as a nation and a people.

Library of America’s uniquely authoritative and beautiful editions of American writing and its outreach programs for readers worldwide are made possible by support from friends and donors.

Please help us celebrate America’s extraordinary literary legacy by making a special gift to our 35th Anniversary Campaign.

At the same time, Library of America is more than a publisher. As a cultural institution, the organization serves its mission with programs and community partnerships that introduce readers in public libraries, underserved schools, prisons, and community centers to this precious resource that is our shared legacy.

We invite you to join us for the next thirty-five years as we mine the rich, living tradition of great American writing.

LOA’s thirty-fifth anniversary programming is made possible by the generous support of our underwriters and corporate sponsors.




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