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Library of America (Firm)

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Works: 127 works in 162 publications in 1 language and 12,494 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Records and correspondence  Sources  Archives  Biography  Diaries  Miscellanea  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Reviews 
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Classifications: PS607, 813.52
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Most widely held works about Library of America (Firm)
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Most widely held works by Library of America (Firm)
Crime stories and other writings by Dashiell Hammett( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the stories and novellas he wrote for Black Mask and other pulp magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, Dashiell Hammett took the detective story and turned it into a medium for capturing the jarring textures and revved-up cadences of modern American life. In this volume, The Library of America collects the finest of these stories: 24 in all, along with some revealing essays and an earlier version of his novel The Thin Man. Mixing melodramatic panache and poker-faced comedy, a sensitivity to place and a perceptive grasp of social conflict, Hammett's stories are hard-edged entertainments for an era of headlong change and extravagant violence. For the heroic sagas of earlier eras Hammett substituted the up-tempo, devious, sometimes nearly nihilistic exploits of con men and blackmailers, fake spiritualists and thieving politicians, slumming socialites and deadpan assassins. As a guide through this underworld he created the Continental Op, the nameless, laconic detective, world-weary and unblinking, who serves as protagonist of most of these stories. The deliberately unheroic Op is separated only by his code of professionalism from the brutality and corruption that run rampant in stories such as "Zigzags of Treachery," "Dead Yellow Women," "Fly Paper," and "$106,000 Blood Money." Hammett's years of experience as a Pinkerton detective give even his most outlandishly plotted mysteries a gritty credibility, and his intimate knowledge of San Francisco made him the perfect chronicler of that city's waterfronts, back alleys, police stations, and luxury hotels. By connecting crime fiction to the realities of American streets and American speech, his Black Mask stories opened up new vistas for generations of writers and readers. In the most comprehensive collection of his stories ever published, read the Hammett you've never read: reprinted here for the first time are the texts that originally appeared in the 1920's & 1930's pulps, without the cuts & revisions introduced by later editors. Also included are revealing essays & an early version of the novel The Thin Man
Complete novels : the heart is a lonely hunter ; Reflections in a golden eye ; The ballad of the sad café ; The member of the wedding ; Clock without hands by Carson McCullers( Book )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), one of the most extraordinary debuts in modern American literature, an enigmatic deaf-mute draws out the confessions of an itinerant worker, a young girl, a doctor, and a widowed cafe proprietor. The disfiguring violence of desire is explored with shocking intensity in two shorter works, Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941), a tale of murder and madness at an army base, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1943), a grotesquely imaginative exploration of love's outer boundaries. The Member of the Wedding (1946), thought by many to be her masterpiece, hauntingly depicts a young girl's fascination with her brother's wedding. In 12-year-old Frankie Addams, confused, easily wounded, yet determined to survive, McCullers created her most indelible protagonist. Clock Without Hands (1960), her final novel, was completed against great odds in the midst of tremendous physical suffering. Set against the background of court-ordered school integration, it contains some of McCullers' most forceful social criticism."--Jacket
Writings by Alexander Hamilton( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great American founding father speaks from the past in his own voice through 170 letters, speeches, essays, reports, and other documents
Novels, 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novels, 1944-1962 by Dawn Powell( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writings : the autobiography of an ex-colored man ; Along this way ; New York Age editorials ; Selected essays ; Black Manhattan ; Selected poems by James Weldon Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Influential fictional study of a Negro who decides to pass for white. First published, anonymously, in 1912
Travel books and other writings, 1916-1941 by John Dos Passos( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Dos Passos traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and the United States, witnessing many of the tumultuous political, social, and cultural events of the early 20th century and recording his changing response to them. This volume collects the vibrant and insightful travel books and essays he wrote at the same time he was publishing his fictional masterpieces Three Soldiers, Manhattan Transfer, and U.S.A." "Rosinante to the Road Again (1922) is a vivid collection of essays on Spanish life, literature, and art that demonstrates Dos Passos' enduring fascination with a country he would repeatedly visit and write about. Orient Express (1927) records his 1921-22 journey through the Middle East, and contains provocative and haunting descriptions of the effects of the Greek-Turkish War; the Caucasus in the aftermath of Soviet conquest; Persia during the rise of Reza Khan; the creation of Iraq by the British; and a winter trip by camel caravan across the desert from Baghdad to Damascus. In All Countries (1934) collects pieces on Russia in the late 1920s, Mexico in the aftermath of Zapata, the troubled Spanish Republic, and strikes and protests in the United States, while articles that appeared in Journeys Between Wars (1938) examine the Popular Front in France and the Spanish Civil War." "Also included are A Pushcart at the Curb (1922), a cycle of poems inspired by his travels; nine political and literary essays written between 1916 and 1941, including his denunciation of the execution of his friend Jose Robles by Spanish Communists; and a selection of letters and diary entries from 1916 to 1920 that record his wartime service as an ambulance driver in France and Italy."--Jacket
The Lincoln anthology : great writers on his life and legacy from 1860 to now by Harold Holzer( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together 110 selections by a diverse array of 95 writers from William Cullen Bryant to E.L. Doctorow. Represents a composite portrait of our greatest president told by the journalists, biographers, satirists, essayists, novelists, clergymen, poets, play-wrights, historians, memoirists, and statesmen who have shaped our understanding of Lincoln and his complex and crucial legacy over the last 150 years
Becoming Americans : four centuries of immigrant writing( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprised mostly of memoirs with some fiction, this volume gathers selections from the writings of 85 immigrants from 45 countries that illustrate the changing views of immigrants in the United States
Farber on film : the complete film writings of Manny Farber by Manny Farber( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farber was a unique figure among American movie critics, and long revered by his peers. This volume covers the spectrum from his early and previously uncollected weekly reviews to his brilliant later essays, and defines his enduring significance as writer and thinker.--Résumé de l'éditeur
President Lincoln assassinated!! : the firsthand story of the murder, manhunt, trial, and mourning by Harold Holzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"President Lincoln Assassinated!! recaptures the dramatic and terrifying immediacy of Lincoln's murder and the coordinated attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward, the hunt for the conspirators, their military trial, and the unprecedented national mourning for our first martyred president. The story is told through more than eighty original documents ... [and] by more than seventy-five participants and observers, including the assassin John Wilkes Booth, Everton Conger, the detective who tracked him down, and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot him."
American poetry : the nineteenth century( )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of over 1,000 poems by nearly 150 American poets including selections by African-Americans and Native Americans. Features six hours of audio recordings, annotations, indexes of titles and first lines, biographical profiles and photographs
American poetry : the nineteenth century by John Hollander( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century America, poetry was, part of everyday life, as familiar as a hymn, a love song, a patriotic exhortation. American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century reveals the vigor and diversity of a tradition embracing solitary visionaries and congenial storytellers, humorists and dissidents, songwriters and philosophers. These two volumes reassess America's poetic legacy with a comprehensive sweep that no previous anthology has attempted. This second volume follows the evolution of American poetry from the monumental mid-century achievements of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson to the modernist stirrings of Stephen Crane and Edwin Arlington Robinson. The cataclysm of the Civil War - reflected in fervent antislavery protests, in marching songs and poetic calls to arms, and in muted post bellum expressions of grief and reconciliation - ushered in a period of accelerating change and widening regional perspectives. Among the unfamiliar pleasures to be savored in this volume are the penetrating meditations of the reclusive Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, the eloquent lyricism of Emma Lazarus, the mournful, superbly crafted fine simple verse of Trumbull Stickney. Here too are the pioneering African-American poets (Frances Harper, Albery Allson Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar); popular humorists (James Whitcomb Riley, Eugene Field); writers embodying America's newfound cosmopolitanism (Edith Wharton, George Santayana); and extravagant self-mythologizing figures who could have existed nowhere else, like the actress Adah Isaacs Menken and the frontier poet Joaquin Miller. Parodies, dialect poems, song lyrics, and children's verse evoke the liveliness of an era when poetry was accessible to all. Here are poems that played a crucial role in American public life, whether to arouse the national conscience (Edwin Markham's "The Man with the Hoe") or to memorialize the golden age of the national pastime (Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat"). An entire section of this volume is devoted to American Indian poetry in nineteenth-century versions, making available - some for the first time since their initial publication - an astonishing range of translations and adaptations: Ojibwa healing rituals, the songs of the Ghost Dance religion, Zuni mythological narratives, chants from the Kwakiutl Winter Ceremonial. Also included is a generous selection from America's rich heritage of anonymous folk songs, ballads, and hymns. Unprecedented in its textual authority, the anthology includes newly researched biographical sketches of each poet, a year-by-year chronology of poets and poetry from 1800 to 1900, and extensive notes
Prejudices : the complete series by H. L Mencken( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the complete "Prejudices" essay series, originally published between 1919 and 1927, dealing with all aspects of the conformism and provincial narrowness of American culture
The library of America by Library of America (Firm)( )

in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming Americans : immigrants tell their stories from Jamestown to today( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprised mostly of memoirs with some fiction, this volume gathers selections from the writings of 85 immigrants from 45 countries that illustrate the changing views of immigrants in the United States
Travel books and other writings by John Dos Passos( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American poets project( )

in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novels, 1936-1940 by William Faulkner( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays aspects of Eskimo life such as food, housing, clothing, work roles, hunting methods, recreations, and changing ways
American pastimes : the very best of Red Smith by Red Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A presentation of the best of Smith's inimitable columns ... miniature masterpieces that set the gold standard for sportswriting. Includes Smith's indelible profiles of sports luminaries and unforgettable accounts of historic occasions, which show his gift for distilling a career's essence in a single column
 
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Complete novels : the heart is a lonely hunter ; Reflections in a golden eye ; The ballad of the sad café ; The member of the wedding ; Clock without handsWritingsNovels, 1930-1942Novels, 1944-1962Writings : the autobiography of an ex-colored man ; Along this way ; New York Age editorials ; Selected essays ; Black Manhattan ; Selected poemsTravel books and other writings, 1916-1941The Lincoln anthology : great writers on his life and legacy from 1860 to nowBecoming Americans : four centuries of immigrant writing