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The Best in American Literature
The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher, is dedicated to publishing, and keeping in print, authoritative editions of America's best and most significant writing.
Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as the "quasi-official national canon" of American literature, The Library of America each year adds new volumes collecting essential novels, stories, poetry, plays, essays, journalism, historical writing, speeches, and more. (For a complete list of titles arranged by subject, click here.)
- Recent and forthcoming volumes feature the work of Saul Bellow, Elizabeth Bishop, John Cheever, Philip K. Dick, Jack Kerouac, A. J. Liebling, William Maxwell, Thornton Wilder, and Edmund Wilson, as well as the definitive edition of Philip Roth's collected works.
- The best-selling authors in the series include James Baldwin, Robert Frost, Dashiell Hammett, Zora Neale Hurston, Thomas Jefferson, H. P. Lovecraft, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Paine, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Walt Whitman.
- The Library of America also recently published the special anthologies American Earth, American Food Writing, The Lincoln Anthology, and True Crime.
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