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The Diaries of John Quincy Adams 1779–1848 (forthcoming, May 2017)

For Library of America, 2017 is all about anniversaries. As we embark on our own 35th year—more on that in the coming months—we’ll be marking the 100th birthdays of two celebrated women writers and the 250th of a great American statesman, as well as the centennial of a watershed event in the nation’s history, the U.S. entry into World War I.

To commemorate the latter, Library of America and Pulitzer Prize–winning author A. Scott Berg present World War I and America, an annotated narrative told by the soldiers, civilians, and statesmen who experienced that world-changing conflict firsthand. (This book is the centerpiece of a two-year national public-programming initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities designed to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war. For more, please visit

Carson McCullers’s Complete Novels has long been a mainstay of the LOA series. Now, for her centennial, comes an unprecedented edition of her collected shorter works: plays, stories, essays, poems, and an unfinished autobiography. Both McCullers volumes will be released in a collector’s edition boxed set.

Jane Bowles has enjoyed a literary influence that belies her relatively small body of work. For her centennial, LOA offers the most complete edition of her writings ever published, including more than 130 vivid and engaging letters to a Who’s Who of the postwar cultural scene.

The diary of John Quincy Adams is one of the most extraordinary works in American literature, an unparalleled record of the nation’s history from the Revolution to the coming of the Civil War. This landmark two-volume edition, the first for the general reader based directly on the original manuscript diaries, is also available in a deluxe boxed set.

Mary McCarthy: The Complete Fiction (forthcoming, March 2017)

Rounding out the spring season is a two-volume edition of Mary McCarthy’s complete fiction and a second volume of the incomparable essays of Susan Sontag. Including all eight novels and four stories collected for the first time, the McCarthy set is also available in a handsome box. Finally, LOA’s acclaimed two-volume edition of Mark Twain’s essays, speeches, stories, and sketches (“A national treasure”—Dallas Morning News) is at last available in a collector’s boxed set.

Arriving just in time for summer is a trio of titles including the third and final volume of Ross Macdonald’s classic Lew Archer novels, a second volume of John Ashbery’s collected poems, and Top 50: The Best American Writers on Rock and Pop, a special publication in which editors Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar present their countdown of the most distinctive voices from a half century of writing about popular music.

Browse the list below for more detailed information about contents and publication dates, and click here for a list of LOA’s fall 2016 releases.


Carson McCullers
Stories, Plays & Other Writings
Carlos L. Dews, editor
Library of America #287 / ISBN 978-1-59853-511-2
Boxed set (The Collected Works of Carson McCullers): 978-1-59853-512-9
January 2017

Jane Bowles
Collected Writings
Millicent Dillon, editor
January 2017
Two Serious Ladies • In the Summer House • Stories and Other Writings • Letters
Library of America #288 / ISBN 978-1-59853-513-6

_*World War I and America*
Told by the Americans Who Lived It_
A. Scott Berg, editor
February 2017
Library of America #289 / ISBN 978-1-59853-514-3

Mary McCarthy
The Complete Fiction (two volumes)
Thomas Mallon, editor
Volume One: Novels and Stories 1942–1963
Library of America #290 / ISBN 978-1-59853-516-7
Volume Two: Novels 1963–1979
Library of America #291 / ISBN 978-1-59853-517-4
Boxed set: 978-1-59853-518-1
March 2017

Susan Sontag
Later Essays
David Rieff, editor
Under the Sign of Saturn • AIDS and Its Metaphors • Where the Stress Falls • Regarding the Pain of Others •
At the Same Time

March 2017
Library of America #292 / ISBN 978-1-59853-519-8

John Quincy Adams
Diaries (two volumes)
David Waldstreicher, editor
Volume One: Diaries 1779–1821
Library of America #293 / ISBN 978-1-59853-520-4
Volume Two: Diaries 1824–1848
Library of America #294 / ISBN 978-1-59853-522-8
Boxed set: 978-1-59853-521-1
May 2017

Ross Macdonald
Four Later Novels
Tom Nolan, editor
Black Money • The Instant Enemy • The Goodbye Look • The Underground Man
July 2017
Library of America #295 / ISBN 978-1-59853-534-1

John Ashbery
Complete Poems 1991‒2000
Mark Ford, editor
July 2017
Library of America #296 / ISBN 978-1-59853-535-8


Top 50: The Best American Writers on Rock and Pop
Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar, editors
June 2017
ISBN 978-1-59853-531-0


Mark Twain
The Collected Shorter Works (two volumes)
Louis J. Budd, editor
January 2017
ISBN 978-1-59853-528-0

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