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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?
By incorporating a wide range of genres in the series—from crime writing and science fiction to journalism and graphic novels—Library of America has challenged preconceptions and in the process redefined the American literary canon—an ongoing process that continues to evolve with every new volume.
In 35 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.
Today readers, writers, scholars, and teachers prize Library of America editions and turn to the books for pleasure and enlightenment.
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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.
LOA is also a community of members—readers, writers, teachers, critics, and literature lovers who are helping us ensure that great American writing is discovered and enjoyed by an exponentially larger public.
We hope you will visit this site regularly for updates on the different ways we will commemorate our 35th anniversary this year, and we invite you to join us for the next 35 years as we mine the rich, living tradition of great American writing.