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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Forthcoming from The Library of America (Winter–Spring 2014)

The Library of America is pleased to announce six new volumes for the Winter–Spring 2014 season, including two authors (William Wells Brown, Bernard Malamud) new to the series.

For a list of titles to be published for the remainder of the current year, see our Summer–Fall 2013 announcement.

William Wells Brown
Clotel & Other Writings
Ezra Greenspan, editor
Clotel • The American Fugitive in Europe • The Escape • The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements • My Southern Home
February 2014
Library of America #247 / ISBN 978-1-59853-291-3

Bernard Malamud
Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s
Philip Davis, editor
The Natural • The Assistant • over twenty stories
March 2014
Library of America #248 / ISBN 978-1-59853-292-0

Bernard Malamud
Novels and Stories of the 1960s
Philip Davis, editor
A New Life • The Fixer • Pictures of Fidelman • ten stories
March 2014
Library of America #249 / ISBN 978-1-59853-293-7

The Civil War
The Final Year Told By Those Who Lived It
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, editor
March 2014
Library of America #250 / ISBN 978-1-59853-294-4

Shakespeare in America
An Anthology from the Revolution to Now
James Shapiro, editor
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
April 2014
Library of America #251 / ISBN 978-1-59853-295-1

Kurt Vonnegut
Novels 1976–1985
Sidney Offit, editor
Slapstick • Jailbird • Deadeye Dick • Galápagos
May 2014
Library of America #252 / ISBN 978-1-59853-304-0

Becoming Americans
Immigrants Tell Their Stories from Jamestown to Today
January 2014
A Special Publication of The Library of America / ISBN 978-1-59853-290-6
(Originally published in hardcover as Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing

In addition, the following title (which had previously been announced for the fall of 2013), will now appear in May 2014. The final list of musicals that will be included in this two-volume set appears below.

American Musicals
The Complete Books & Lyrics of Sixteen Classic Broadway Shows
Laurence Maslon, editor
Show Boat • As Thousands Cheer • Pal Joey • Oklahoma! • On the Town • Finian’s Rainbow • Kiss Me, Kate • South Pacific • Guys and Dolls • The Pajama Game • My Fair Lady • Gypsy • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum • Fiddler on the Roof • Cabaret • 1776
May 2014
Boxed set / ISBN 978-1-59853-257-9
Volume 1: 1927–1949 / Library of America #253 / ISBN 978-1-59853-258-6
Volume 2: 1950–1969 / Library of America #254 / ISBN 978-1-59853-259-3


  1. I'm a huge musicals fan so the two volume set of american musicals is going to be a must-buy for me for next year. I may be hard of hearing but I enjoy that type of entertainment.

    Besides, part of what draws me to LOA is reading works by authors I may not have considered, or even heard of. Kudos to the people who select these volumes, introducing me to new authors.

  2. I'm very glad that Library of America will be publishing the collected writings of the notable nineteenth century African American author, William Wells Brown. I look forward to getting this publication when it becomes available later this year. LIA is doing a good work in bringing respected writers of color to the forefront of the American Literary Canon.

  3. All your volumes celebrate the pleasure of holding a beautifully bound book in your hands that let the reader immerse themselves in the world of great writing.

  4. Although he seems to be forgotten since his death,
    ee Cummings was considered major in his time. Where is a volume of his poems? If you can't get rights to hemingway's novels, what about his short stories? If the modern library could publish them years ago with the play, The Fifth Column, maybe you could also. I'm
    waiting for Pound's Pisan Cantos and the third volume of 20th century poems in America. Otherwise you do a good job of publishing many worthy writers who would be rotting in a publisher's warehouse.

    1. Thanks for your message--and we agree with you on all counts!

      Whenever there is a currently available edition of an author’s collected works (especially if it is in hardcover), we often face obstacles, often insurmountable, when negotiating the rights for an LOA edition. Publishers sometimes feel that LOA editions would be competition to their own volumes.

      Such is the case with Hemingway, Cummings, and Pound—all of whom we have been hoping to publish. Hemingway’s collected stories are available in two paperback editions from Scribner and in hardcover from Everyman’s Library. Similarly, Cummings’s complete poems are available in hardcover from Norton. And we are still hoping to negotiate the rights for the entirety of Pound’s Cantos (including the Pisan Cantos), which is still in print from New Directions. We will continue trying to negotiate the rights for these volumes, but it has been an uphill battle.

      Finally, we do have a tentative plan for the third volume of the 20th-century poetry. Unfortunately, in the last 15 years, permissions fees for poetry have skyrocketed and we now estimate that the fees for this volume will be well in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. But we haven’t given up--we are currently seeking money from foundations and major donors for the volume.

  5. So glad to see you're publishing Malamud's novels and stories.
    Any plans to publish an Evan S. Connell volume (including Mr. Bridge, Mrs. Bridge, and Son of the Morning Star)?
    What about a definitive edition of Confederacy of Dunces?

    1. I would love to see a volume (or two)of Evan S. Connell, so I second that motion!


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