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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Forthcoming from The Library of America (Summer–Fall 2012)

Our spring titles are still arriving from the printer, yet we’re already busy typesetting and proofreading our summer and fall titles. Below are the volumes scheduled for release during the summer and fall of 2012, including two major anthologies of historical writings, a much-anticipated collection of science-fiction novels, and three twentieth-century authors representing three disparate genres.

American Antislavery Writings
Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
James G. Basker, editor
November / Library of America #233
ISBN 978-1-59853-196-1

American Science Fiction
Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s (two volumes)
Gary K. Wolfe, editor
Volume 1: 1953–1956
  • Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
  • Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
  • Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
  • Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
Volume 2: 1956–1958
  • Robert Heinlein, Double Star
  • Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
  • James Blish, A Case of Conscience
  • Algis Budrys, Who?
  • Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
October / Library of America #227 & #228
ISBN 978-1-59853-157-2 (boxed set) / -158-9 (volume 1) / -159-6 (volume 2)

Jack Kerouac
Collected Poems
Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, editor
September / Library of America #231
ISBN 978-1-59853-194-7 (trade jacket) / ISBN -193-0 (series jacket)

Kurt Vonnegut
Novels & Stories 1950–1962
Sidney Offit, editor
  • Player Piano
  • The Sirens of Titan
  • Mother Night
  • six stories
May / Library of America #226
ISBN 978-1-59853-150-3

Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House Books (two volumes)
Caroline Fraser, editor
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Farmer Boy
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • The Long Winter
  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • These Happy Golden Years
  • The First Four Years
  • plus four rare autobiographical pieces
September / Library of America #229 & #230
ISBN 978-1-59853-162-6 (boxed set) / -160-2 (volume 1) / -161-9 (volume 2)

The War of 1812
Writings from America’s Second War of Independence
Donald R. Hickey, editor
November / Library of America #232
ISBN 978-1-59853-195-4

New in Paperback
At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing
George Kimball & John Schulian, editors
ISBN 978-1-59853-205-0


  1. Which of these will be available as ebboks?

  2. The Antislavery and War of 1812 volumes will be available as e-books.

    (The other series volumes will be hardcover only. The e-book rights are with the original publishers or estates, which may make them available on their own.)

  3. This is a mouth watering selection without a doubt. I don't think there are any books on here that I will pass over.

  4. I'm afraid I don't agree with Kerouac's inclusion in LOA. Truman Capote's observation on Kerouac's "On the Road" was dead on: "That isn't writing, it's typing." It's sad that true poets like Bryant and Whittier are not yet represented, yet we're first given Kerouac's poems... Sorry, but Kerouac was anything but a poet. Furthermore, a true poet like Longfellow is winnowed down to a single "selected" volume, while Kerouac gets the royal multivolume treatment. Sad. I just wonder who on LOA's advisory panel voted for Kerouac's inclusion? Doubtless, those people are older men who remember Kerouac fondly from their youth of the 1950s or 60s... But as we all know, much of what we read and loved as youths we now recognize as trash -- at least those of us do who grew up and acquired taste.


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