The Library of America

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The Library of America attempts to preserve the greatest of American writing.  They issue new books every year, so there will never be a complete collection of their books.  The following are the books in the library as of September, 2016.  As I read them, I will be hyperlinking from here to my thoughts and comments.

Given the complete lack of guidance as to what order these books should be read in, feel free to suggest in the comments what book I should read next.  Since I only order the books once a year, there will be a long delay between your suggestion and the blog post.  Once I’ve posted on the book, I’ll delete the comment.

  1. Herman Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi
  2. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches
  3. Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose
  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe: Three Novels
  5. Mark Twain: Mississippi Writings
  6. Jack London: Novels and Stories
  7. Jack London: Novels and Social Writings
  8. William Dean Howells: Novels 1875–1886
  9. Herman Melville: Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick
  10. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Collected Novels
  11. Francis Parkman: France and England in North America: Volume One
  12. Francis Parkman: France and England in North America: Volume Two
  13. Henry James: Novels 1871–1880
  14. Henry Adams: Novels, Mont Saint Michel, The Education
  15. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures
  16. Washington Irving: History, Tales and Sketches
  17. Thomas Jefferson: Writings
  18. Stephen Crane: Prose and Poetry
  19. Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales
  20. Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews
  21. Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It
  22. Henry James: Literary Criticism: Essays on Literature, American Writers, and English Writers
  23. Henry James: Literary Criticism: French Writers, Other European Writers, Prefaces to the New York Edition
  24. Herman Melville: Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-Man, Billy Budd, Uncollected Prose
  25. William Faulkner: Novels 1930–1935
  26. James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume One
  27. James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales: Volume Two
  28. Henry David Thoreau: A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod
  29. Henry James: Novels 1881–1886
  30. Edith Wharton: Novels
  31. Henry Adams: History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson (1801–1809)
  32. Henry Adams: History of the United States During the Administrations of Madison (1809–1817)
  33. Frank Norris: Novels and Essays
  34. W. E. B. Du Bois: Writings
  35. Willa Cather: Early Novels and Stories
  36. Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, Twelve Men
  37. Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings
  38. William James: Writings 1902–1910
  39. Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works
  40. Eugene O’Neill: Complete Plays 1913–1920
  41. Eugene O’Neill: Complete Plays 1920–1931
  42. Eugene O’Neill: Complete Plays 1932–1943
  43. Henry James: Novels 1886–1890
  44. William Dean Howells: Novels 1886–1888
  45. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832–1858
  46. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859–1865
  47. Edith Wharton: Novellas and Other Writings
  48. William Faulkner: Novels 1936–1940
  49. Willa Cather: Later Novels
  50. Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters
  51. William Tecumseh Sherman: Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman
  52. Washington Irving: Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra
  53. Francis Parkman: The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac
  54. James Fenimore Cooper: Sea Tales
  55. Richard Wright: Early Works
  56. Richard Wright: Later Works
  57. Willa Cather: Stories, Poems, and Other Writings
  58. William James: Writings 1878–1899
  59. Sinclair Lewis: Main Street and Babbitt
  60. Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1852–1890
  61. Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1891–1910
  62. The Debate on the Constitution: Part One: September 1787 to February 1788
  63. The Debate on the Constitution: Part Two: January to August 1788
  64. Henry James: Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America
  65. Henry James: Collected Travel Writings: The Continent
  66. American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume One: Freneau to Whitman
  67. American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume Two: Melville to Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals
  68. Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies
  69. Sarah Orne Jewett: Novels and Stories
  70. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Collected Poems and Translations
  71. Mark Twain: Historical Romances
  72. John Steinbeck: Novels and Stories 1932–1937
  73. William Faulkner: Novels 1942–1954
  74. Zora Neale Hurston: Novels and Stories
  75. Zora Neale Hurston: Folklore, Memoirs, & Other Writings
  76. Thomas Paine: Collected Writings
  77. Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1938–1944
  78. Reporting World War II: American Journalism 1944–1946
  79. Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels
  80. Raymond Chandler: Later Novels and Other Writings
  81. Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays
  82. Henry James: Complete Stories 1892–1898
  83. Henry James: Complete Stories 1898–1910
  84. William Bartram: Travels and Other Writings
  85. John Dos Passos: U.S.A.
  86. John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936–1941
  87. Vladimir Nabokov: Novels and Memoirs 1941–1951
  88. Vladimir Nabokov: Novels 1955–1962
  89. Vladimir Nabokov: Novels 1969–1974
  90. James Thurber: Writings and Drawings
  91. George Washington: Writings
  92. John Muir: Nature Writings
  93. Nathanael West: Novels and Other Writings
  94. Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s
  95. Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s
  96. Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose
  97. James Baldwin: Early Novels & Stories
  98. James Baldwin: Collected Essays
  99. Gertrude Stein: Writings 1903–1932
  100. Gertrude Stein: Writings 1932–1946
  101. Eudora Welty: Complete Novels
  102. Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, and Memoir
  103. Charles Brockden Brown: Three Gothic Novels
  104. Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959–1969
  105. Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969–1975
  106. Henry James: Complete Stories 1874–1884
  107. Henry James: Complete Stories 1884–1891
  108. American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr.
  109. James Madison: Writings
  110. Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels
  111. Henry James: Complete Stories 1864–1874
  112. William Faulkner: Novels 1957–1962
  113. John James Audubon: Writings and Drawings
  114. Slave Narratives
  115. American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume one: Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker
  116. American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume two: E.E. Cummings to May Swenson
  117. Novels and Stories 1920–1922
  118. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings
  119. Tennessee Williams: Plays 1937–1955
  120. Tennessee Williams: Plays 1957–1980
  121. Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1891–1910
  122. Edith Wharton: Collected Stories 1911–1937
  123. The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence 1775–1783
  124. Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems
  125. Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings
  126. Dawn Powell: Novels 1930–1942
  127. Dawn Powell: Novels 1944–1962
  128. Carson McCullers: Complete Novels
  129. Alexander Hamilton: Writings
  130. Mark Twain: The Gilded Age and Later Novels
  131. Charles W. Chesnutt: Stories, Novels, and Essays
  132. John Steinbeck: Novels 1942–1952
  133. Sinclair Lewis: Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth
  134. Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider’s House
  135. Paul Bowles: Collected Stories and Later Writings
  136. Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories
  137. Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941–1963
  138. Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1963–1973
  139. Henry James: Novels 1896–1899
  140. Theodore Dreiser: An American Tragedy
  141. Saul Bellow: Novels 1944–1953
  142. John Dos Passos: Novels 1920–1925
  143. John Dos Passos: Travel Books and Other Writings 1916–1941
  144. Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations
  145. James Weldon Johnson: Writings
  146. Washington Irving: Three Western Narratives
  147. Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
  148. James T. Farrell: Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy
  149. Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories: Gimpel the Fool to The Letter Writer
  150. Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories: A Friend of Kafka to Passions
  151. Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories: One Night In Brazil to The Death Of Methuselah
  152. Kaufman & Co.: Broadway Comedies
  153. Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough Riders, An Autobiography
  154. Theodore Roosevelt: Letters and Speeches
  155. H. P. Lovecraft: Tales
  156. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys
  157. Philip Roth: Novels and Stories 1959–1962
  158. Philip Roth: Novels 1967–1972
  159. James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, and Shorter Fiction
  160. James Agee: Film Writing and Selected Journalism
  161. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. : Two Years Before the Mast and Other Voyages
  162. Henry James: Novels 1901–1902
  163. Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1944–1961
  164. William Faulkner: Novels 1926–1929
  165. Philip Roth: Novels 1973–1977
  166. American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War
  167. American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton
  168. Hart Crane: Complete Poems and Selected Letters
  169. Saul Bellow: Novels 1956–1964
  170. John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley and Later Novels 1947–1962
  171. Capt. John Smith: Writings, with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America
  172. Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater
  173. Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s
  174. Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957–1960
  175. Philip Roth: Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy & Epilogue 1979–1985
  176. Edmund Wilson: Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s and 30s
  177. Edmund Wilson: Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 40s
  178. American Poetry: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  179. William Maxwell: Early Novels and Stories
  180. Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
  181. A. J. Liebling: World War II Writings
  182. American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau
  183. Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s
  184. William Maxwell: Later Novels and Stories
  185. Philip Roth: Novels and Other Narratives 1986–1991
  186. Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings
  187. John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956–1987
  188. John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings
  189. John Cheever: Complete Novels
  190. Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings
  191. A. J. Liebling: The Sweet Science and Other Writings
  192. The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now
  193. Philip K. Dick: VALIS and Later Novels
  194. Thornton Wilder: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Other Novels 1926–1948
  195. Raymond Carver: Collected Stories
  196. American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
  197. American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now
  198. John Marshall: Writings
  199. The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works
  200. Mark Twain: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels
  201. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Journals 1820–1842
  202. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Journals 1841–1877
  203. The American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner
  204. Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories
  205. Philip Roth: Novels 1993–1995
  206. H. L. Mencken: Prejudices: First, Second, and Third Series
  207. H. L. Mencken: Prejudices: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Series
  208. John Kenneth Galbraith: The Affluent Society and Other Writings 1952–1967
  209. Saul Bellow: Novels 1970–1982
  210. Lynd Ward: Gods’ Man, Madman’s Drum, Wild Pilgrimage
  211. Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo
  212. The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
  213. John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1755–1775
  214. John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1775–1783
  215. Henry James: Novels 1903-1911
  216. Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963–1973
  217. Harlem Renaissance Novels: Five Novels of the 1920s
  218. Langston Hughes, George S. Schuyler, Rudolph Fisher, Arna Bontemps: Harlem Renaissance Novels: Four Novels of the 1930s
  219. Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs
  220. Philip Roth: The American Trilogy 1997–2000
  221. The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
  222. Barbara W. Tuchman: The Guns of August, The Proud Tower
  223. Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1964–1982
  224. The Eighth Day, Theophilus North, Autobiographical Writings
  225. David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s
  226. Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950–1962
  227. American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953–1956
  228. American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956–1958
  229. Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, volume 1
  230. Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, volume 2
  231. Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems
  232. The War of 1812: Writings from America’s Second War of Independence
  233. American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
  234. The Civil War: The Third Year Told By Those Who Lived It
  235. Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories
  236. Philip Roth: Novels 2001–2007
  237. Philip Roth: Nemeses
  238. Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation
  239. May Swenson: Collected Poems
  240. W. S. Merwin: Collected Poems 1952–1993
  241. W. S. Merwin: Collected Poems 1996–2011
  242. John Updike: Collected Early Stories
  243. John Updike: Collected Later Stories
  244. Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings
  245. Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening
  246. Susan Sontag: Essays of the 1960s & 70s
  247. William Wells Brown: Clotel & Other Writings
  248. Bernard Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s
  249. Bernard Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1960s
  250. The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It
  251. Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (hardcover)
  252. Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1976–1985
  253. American Musicals 1927–1949: The Complete Books & Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics
  254. American Musicals 1950–1969: The Complete Books & Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics
  255. Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s
  256. Louisa May Alcott: Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories & Other Writings
  257. H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition
  258. Virgil Thomson: Music Chronicles 1940–1954
  259. Art in America 1945–1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism
  260. Saul Bellow: Novels 1984–2000
  261. Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1987–2004, with Stage and Radio Plays of the 1930s & 40s
  262. Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur
  263. Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics
  264. Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s
  265. The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate: Volume 1, 1764–1772
  266. The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate: Volume 2, 1773–1776
  267. Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1980s
  268. Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s
  269. Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s
  270. Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society
  271. Edith Wharton: Four Novels of the 1920s
  272. James Baldwin: Later Novels
  273. Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987–1997
  274. Henry James: Autobiographies
  275. Abigail Adams: Letters
  276. John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784–1826
  277. Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
  278. War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
  279. Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s
  280. Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
  281. Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
  282. John O’Hara: Stories
  283. The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished & Newly Translated Writings
  284. Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
  285. Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Volume One
  286. Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, Volume Two

 

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