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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Forthcoming titles in The Library of America series

Earlier this year we announced our publication schedule for fall 2011, including five new volumes in The Library of America series. We’ve just mailed to subscribers the announcement of the series titles for 2011–2012, which includes four additional LOA series titles to be published next spring. Here are series titles #216 to #224:

Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963–1973
Sidney Offit, editor
June / Library of America #216
  • Cat’s Cradle
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • Stories

Harlem Renaissance Novels (two volumes)
Rafia Zafar, editor
September / Library of America #217 and #218
  • Cane, Jean Toomer
  • Home to Harlem, Claude McKay
  • Quicksand, Nella Larsen
  • Plum Bun, Jessie Redmon Fauset
  • The Blacker the Berry, Wallace Thurman
  • Not Without Laughter, Langston Hughes
  • Black No More, George Schuyler
  • The Conjure-Man Dies, Rudolph Fisher
  • Black Thunder, Arna Bontemps

Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs
S. T. Joshi, editor
September / Library of America #219

Philip Roth: The American Trilogy 1997–2000
Ross Miller, editor
October / Library of America #220
  • American Pastoral
  • I Married a Communist
  • The Human Stain

The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Stephen W. Sears, editor
January / Library of America #221

Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August, The Proud Tower
Margaret MacMillan, editor
March / Library of America #222

Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1964–1982
Tony Kushner, editor
February / Library of America #223
  • After the Fall
  • Incident at Vichy
  • The Price
  • The Creation of the World and Other Business
  • The Archbishop's Ceiling
  • The American Clock
  • other plays and writings, including previously unpublished material

Thornton Wilder: The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, & Autobiographical Writings
J. D. McClatchy, editor
February / Library of America #224

Visit our website for the complete list of series titles.


  1. This a great selection of new texts. The Harlem Renaissance book in particular is a really welcome edition. Will LoA be able to preserve all the original design features of Toomer's Cane?

  2. Niall: The LOA edition uses the original Boni and Liveright edition as setting copy and follows it closely for text formatting and chapter breaks. Each new poem or chapter starts on a new page, and each piece of line art (the portions of the circle) appears on its own page. The typography itself presents relatively few challenges; were you referring to any particular features?

  3. That sounds really good - I was wondering whether the typographical feature of the circle would be printed as it was in the B&L original, so this is excellent news. Thank you for paying such close attention to that original. Is there any chance that the book will reprint any of Toomer's letters - to Waldo Frank, for instance, about the design of the book and its structure? Will there be any critical apparatus to introduce each author, and/or a timeline? And if I may ask one more thing: why did LOA choose Larsen's 'Quicksand' instead of 'Passing'? Many thanks indeed!

  4. As with other LOA volumes, the Harlem Renaissance collections include three sections in the back of each book: biographical notes on the authors, a note on the texts, and explanatory notes for obscure references.

    The Note on the Text includes a summary of the Toomer-Frank exchange, including brief and relevant quotes. In addition, the Notes section includes Frank's foreword, as well as an excerpt from Toomer's letter to Frank explaining the "meaning" of the circles.

    As for Larsen: the editors and consultants went back and forth on which novel to include and finally ended up choosing "Quicksand." To quote our editor-in-chief: "It was a close call."

  5. That sounds wonderful. Very many thanks for answering my questions in such detail. I much look forward to seeing these volumes and recommending them to students. LOA's editing continues to set terrific standards.


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