With a commitment to keep series volumes permanently in print, Library of America began publishing titles in 1982. In the more than three decades since, printing technology has rapidly changed; early volumes in the series were printed using compositors, cameras, and photographic film to produce the plates used on press. Today, all major printing firms use desktop publishing and digital plates—and virtually no commercial printer is able to use the old film and plates for their presses.
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reprint at Edwards Brothers Malloy
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The process has been both expensive and labor-intensive. But by this past summer all except ten titles had been converted. The remaining titles:
- Henry Adams: Novels, Mont Saint Michel, The Education
- William Bartram: Travels & Other Writings
- Ralph Waldo Emerson: Poems & Translations
- Washington Irving: Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra
- Washington Irving: History, Tales and Sketches
- Francis Parkman: France and England in North America, vol. I
- Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969–1975
- Eudora Welty: Complete Novels
- Edith Wharton: Novellas & Other Writings
- Richard Wright: Later Works
How a Library of America book is born