Library of America

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  • Joseph Thomas (Albright College )

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

The Library of America is the publishing imprint of Literary Classics of the United States, a not-for-profit publishing project based in New York City and initially funded in 1979 by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation. The project’s goal is to make textually reliable editions of important American writing available in a uniform series of quality books, not only by publishing them but by keeping them permanently in print. Its first volumes appeared in 1982; as of 2002, the Library had sold 5 million copies of over 130 volumes representing the wide range of discourse which has appeared in the United States since the seventeenth century – poetry, fiction, nature writing, philosophy, slave narratives, …

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Thomas, Joseph. "Library of America". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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