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LOA Volume Availability Dates on Amazon

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1Podras.
Aug 23, 2014, 3:35pm Top

The availability dates of new LOA volumes on Amazon.com (and presumably retailers in general) have in the past been posted on scattered threads, making them hard to find. A single location for such posts might be helpful to those interested. Here are the latest Amazon availability dates (some are repeats, some are new):

Main Series Volumes:
08/28/2014-----Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970's
08/28/2014-----Alcott: Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom
09/25/2014-----American Musicals I & II
09/25/2014-----H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy
10/02/2014-----Virgil Thompson: Musical Chronicles
10/09/2014-----Art in America: 1945-1970
01/02/2015-----Saul Bellow: Novels 1984-2000
01/29/2015-----Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1983-2004
03/17/2015-----Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody & Other Novels 1960-1963
04/09/2015-----Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics

Other Publications:
02/26/2015-----President Lincoln Assassinated!!
03/10/2015-----W. C. Heinz: The Top of His Game

2Podras.
Aug 28, 2014, 1:32pm Top

Amazon's availability date for Virgil Thompson: Musical Chronicles has shifted to Oct. 16.

3Podras.
Nov 11, 2014, 10:34am Top

Some additional LOA volumes are now available on Amazon with the following availability dates:

04/30/2015-----Ross MacDonald: Four Crime Novels of the 1950s
04/30/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1772
04/30/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1773-1776

Also, Amazon's release date for President Lincoln Assassinated! is now listed as 2/24/2015. It is currently available for ordering on LOA's subscriber pages.

4Podras.
Jan 13, 2015, 1:18pm Top

Amazon is reporting different release dates for some of the forthcoming LOA volumes from when I last checked. Here is the current line-up:

Main Series Volumes:
03/17/2015-----Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody & Other Novels 1960-1963
04/07/2015-----Arthur Miller: Collected Plays 1987-2004 *
04/07/2015-----Reinhold Niebuhr: Major Works on Religion and Politics
04/28/2015-----Ross MacDonald: Four Crime Novels of the 1950s
06/02/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1772
06/02/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1773-1776

Other Publications:
02/24/2015-----President Lincoln Assassinated!!
03/10/2015-----W. C. Heinz: The Top of His Game

I don't know if LOA makes these changes or if Amazon projects release dates based on preliminary information so that people can place pre-orders. Regardless, changes happen.

* The date range in the title that I wrote in post #1 above was incorrect. It has been 1987-2004 ever since LOA announced it in their Reader's Almanac.

5Podras.
Edited: Mar 14, 2015, 11:39am Top

These are Amazon's release dates* for the recently announced fall editions from LOA. The dates for previously announced volumes (>4 Podras.:) remain unchanged:

Main Series Volumes:
09/01/2015-----Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1980s
09/01/2015-----Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s **
09/01/2015-----Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s **
09/29/2015-----Edith Wharton: Four Novels of the 1920s
09/29/2015-----James Baldwin: Later Novels
11/17/2015-----Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society

* Caveat from past experience, Amazon's dates this far in advance often change.

** A boxed set of the two Women Crime Writers volumes is also to be available Sept. 1.

6Podras.
Edited: Mar 14, 2015, 11:41am Top

Has anyone been finding these posts to be useful?

7euphorb
Mar 14, 2015, 12:10pm Top

Yes. Thanks, for posting, Podras.

8Podras.
May 21, 2015, 10:56am Top

Amazon has changed the availability dates for the upcoming American Revolution volumes. Here are the new dates. The dates for the rest of the upcoming volumes listed in >5 Podras.: remain unchanged.

07/28/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1772
07/28/2015-----The American Revolution: Writings From the Pamphlet Debate 1773-1776

9brother_salvatore
May 25, 2015, 1:06pm Top

Very useful, appreciate the info!

10_Faustian
Edited: May 31, 2015, 6:21pm Top

A couple of new volumes have popped up on Amazon:

01/05/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997: Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / Timequake
01/26/2016-----Henry James: Autobiographies: A Small Boy and Others / Notes of a Son and Brother / The Middle Years / Other Writings

11PabloPablum
Jun 1, 2015, 9:50am Top

Thanks, the new Kurt Vonnegut volume has been pre-ordered. I wonder if there will be another for various short stories. Lets of unpublished and uncollected stories have recent;y been published.

12_Faustian
Jun 13, 2015, 9:22am Top

Two more new volumes added:

03/01/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/01/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters

13bsc20
Edited: Jun 14, 2015, 10:44am Top

September 1, 2015: The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Library of America Collector's Edition box set.

I don't recall seeing this announced anywhere else, including the LOA web site. All previously published material but will also include Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album in the quite attractive box.

Edit: David did list it in a recent blog post.

14_Faustian
Jul 15, 2015, 9:54pm Top

03/29/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings

15_Faustian
Aug 1, 2015, 8:44pm Top

04/16/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s: The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar

16Podras.
Aug 2, 2015, 11:17am Top

4/19/2016 is the date that showed up when I checked for the second Ross Macdonald volume.

17bsc20
Aug 3, 2015, 3:03pm Top

New date: 11/03/2015 for Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Collected Stories Box Set

18Podras.
Nov 2, 2015, 12:13pm Top

This is the current list of new main series volumes forthcoming from LOA. The only volume not mentioned in previous posts is War No More:

11/17/2015-----Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society
01/05/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997 (1)
01/26/2016-----Henry James: Autobiographies (2)
03/01/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/01/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters
03/29/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s (3)
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing *

* From Amazon. LOA hasn't yet confirmed it.

(1) Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / Timequake
(2) A Small Boy and Others / Notes of a Son and Brother / The Middle Years / & Others
(3) The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar

The following is a repackaging of the three Singer volumes:

11/03/2015-----Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Collected Stories Box Set

I haven't been tracking LOA's e-books (http://www.loa.org/ebooks), college editions (http://www.loa.org/catalog.jsp?sort=8#C), or paperback classics (http://www.loa.org/paperbackclassics/). However on checking out the paperback classics, the first book that popped up was a selection of speeches from LOA's two volume American Speeches plus a couple of new speeches, one by George W. Bush and another by Barak Obama.

LOA's American Poets Project seems to be moribund for the present. A shame.

19Truett
Dec 16, 2015, 11:11pm Top

I've taken the liberty of updating the Amazon availability list by Podras, since his list didn't include a SPECIAL -- hardback-- publication:
This is the current list of new main series volumes forthcoming from LOA. The only volume not mentioned in previous posts is War No More:

11/17/2015-----Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society
01/05/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997 (1)
01/07/2016-----David Foster Wallace: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
01/26/2016-----Henry James: Autobiographies (2)
03/01/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/01/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters
03/29/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s (3)
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing *

* From Amazon. LOA hasn't yet confirmed it.

(1) Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / Timequake
(2) A Small Boy and Others / Notes of a Son and Brother / The Middle Years / & Others
(3) The Zebra-Striped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar
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I haven't read ANY thing by Mr. Wallace, but after watching the movie, "End of the Tour", I decided to get a couple of his
books. I picked up a copy of INFINITE JEST, naturally, and was trying to decide on a book of essays -- since his brilliance in that area was also extolled far and wide -- but when LOA decided to publish STRING THEORY, I figured I'd let that one be my choice when it comes to sampling his essays.

Anyone who posts regularly a David Foster Wallace fan -- or someone who has read his work?
Any thoughts on the merits of his writing as it applies to LOA publication, special or otherwise?

20DCloyceSmith
Dec 16, 2015, 11:50pm Top

>18 Podras.: & >19 Truett::

An update and correction:

I can confirm the publication of War No More (now that the rights have cleared) in June.

The publication date for String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis is currently June 7 rather than January 7--but will probably be moved up to May (http://www.amazon.com/String-Theory-Wallace-Library-Publication/dp/1598534807/)

--David

21_Faustian
Dec 29, 2015, 6:04pm Top

Updates, plus a few new ones:

01/19/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997 (Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / Timequake)
01/26/2016-----Henry James: Autobiographies (A Small Boy and Others / Notes of a Son and Brother / The Middle Years / Other Writings)
03/01/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/01/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters
04/05/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s (The Zebra-Sriped Hearse / The Chill / The Far Side of the Dollar)
05/10/2016-----David Foster Wallace: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels (Get Shorty / Rum Punch / Out of Sight / Tishomingo Blues)
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia (Malafrena / Orsinian Tales / Other Tales)
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories

22DCloyceSmith
Dec 29, 2015, 9:46pm Top

Penguin Random House and Amazon jumped the gun (again) on announcing our fall list; we'll post an "official" notice on our site on Monday. But I am happy to let you all know now that, in addition to Ursula K. Le Guin and John O'Hara, there are two other authors new to the series: Loren Eiseley and Albert Murray.

--David

23kcshankd
Dec 30, 2015, 12:19am Top

>22 DCloyceSmith:

Albert Murray - this is fantastic news!

24euphorb
Dec 30, 2015, 3:20pm Top

I'd be interested in knowing how many volumes are planned for Eiseley and O'Hara. I have many (not all) of Eiseley's works, and they would clearly not fit in a single LOA volume (unless it is a massive 1400-1600 page volume, which I understand LOA shies away from these days). I also have 5 of the story collections that John O'Hara published during the last decade of his life, and those 5 volumes contain nearly 2,000 pages. There are several other volumes of stories. With allowance for the smaller typeface that LOA uses, I would think at least 2 or 3 volumes would be required for the complete stories. His stories have always been ranked considerably higher than his many novels.

25bsc20
Dec 31, 2015, 10:36am Top

I wonder whether there will also be a volume for Albert Murray's fiction.

26Podras.
Jan 1, 2016, 8:43pm Top

The news about the volume of Ursula K. le Guin's Orsina stories is wonderful. It now seems only a matter of time before LOA publishes her Earthsea stories and novels, too. (Knock on wood!)

27Podras.
Edited: Feb 5, 2016, 9:16pm Top

Here are the latest availability dates from Amazon. Some previously announced dates have changed, and two new volumes are added.

Main Series Volumes:

03/22/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/22/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters
04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s
05/31/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: The Unknown Kerouac
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays, Memoires, & Other Writings

Non-main series volumes:

05/10/2016-----David Foster Wallace: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

Though I haven't tracked them, I've noted that there are upcoming paperback and digital releases for some of the above as well as possibly other works, too.

28elenchus
Edited: Feb 4, 2016, 12:30pm Top

As a new LOA subscriber, I've just found this thread. Let me echo others in stating my appreciation for the updates.

I'll be using this primarily as a means of setting expectations around my subscription. I won't be purchasing single titles from the website or other sellers, so it's more a guide to when my "included" titles are likely to be available during the year. It wasn't clear to me until I received my introductory package that not all LOA titles are available at any given time, and further that some titles are not available for subscription but may be available as single-title purchases (based on warehouse availability).

Overall it makes sense as a marketing model, and this thread will help me track changes.

I do hope the American Poets series will become available in 2017, I had in mind several selections from the website that ended up not being listed among those available for subscription.

29euphorb
Edited: Feb 4, 2016, 1:20pm Top

> 28

Congratulations, elenchus, on subscribing. As an explanation, LOA publishes books in three main categories, or series. On the website, if you click on "Books," then on "Collections," the three main series are the first three listed in the left hand column. The Main Series (called "Library of America Series") are the ones which you receive as a subscriber. They remain permanently in print, though some of them may go out of print occasionally for a short while until a new batch is printed. Fopr the first 10-15 years or so, these were the only books issued by LOA. They are chosen by the literary board and the board of outside experts. The next series is the American Poets Project. They started about 10 years ago or so, and a separate subscription was available for them (I am a subscriber to that series as well as to the main series). In recent years this series has been rather dormant, and I don't know if new subsciptions are currently available. The third category is "LOA Special Publications." These are special anthologies and other single books that are not chosen by the main editorial board and are not part of the main series and are not available by subscription. Also, they are not guaranteed to remain permanently in print -- a few, in fact, are no longer available, such as American Sea Writing.

The Paperback Classics are selections from the main series. The other items listed are all subsets of one or more of the three principal series (Main Series, American Poets, Special Publications).

Hopefully, David Cloyce Smith can clarify any inaccuracies in what I have written. He's the marketing manager (and a whole lot more) at LOA who is a frequent contributor in this group, providing us with a wealth of very welcome inside news and insights.

30elenchus
Feb 4, 2016, 1:30pm Top

>29 euphorb:

Very helpful, you've already corrected a major misperception on my part. I thought the different categories were simply views or filters on the titles, and all titles were equal in terms of subscription!

I'll go back and review those titles in which I'm most interested, and identify any not part of the Main Series. I may be purchasing single titles after all, rather than only through subscription.

I've noticed David Cloyce Smith has posted regularly in this group, and really admire both that LT has an "insider view" available to us, and that LOA makes such as effort to engage in the public conversation of its titles. This group, in fact, is the reason I'm familiar with the LOA, and became interested in a subscription.

31DCloyceSmith
Edited: Feb 5, 2016, 1:54pm Top

>30 elenchus:

Welcome to the discussion, and I want to confirm that euphorb's summary above is both accurate and appreciated.

I should add that nearly every LOA title is currently in stock in the subscriber's slipcased edition for individual purchase. Only Washington Irving: History, Tales and Sketches is presently out of stock, and there are only three copies left of John Marshall: Writings. (I hope to reprint both titles within a few months.)

In addition, all titles not in the main series are available to subscribers at steeper discounts through the subscriber-only web store. Sign in at www.loa.org/customer then click on the link that "Buy more cream-slipcased books. . ." For example, LOA special publications are usually 50% off the list price, Paperback Classics are $5 each, etc. And the shipping is free. (If you have any issues signing into your account online, write to info@loa.org.)

Again, welcome! And let me know if you have any other questions.

--David

32jhicks62
Feb 19, 2016, 9:47am Top

David,

I just wanted to say thank you for your presence on this forum. I also recently became a subscriber, and I have to say that your contributions here were a factor in that decision. It's nice to have the ear of someone on the inside!

Your answers to questions are always complete and informative, and even very patient when necessary. (I loved being let in on the "secret" of how the cover colors are chosen!)

Cudos to the subscription department for their selection of all the tempting introductory choices. I had a long and agonizing time choosing which set to select. I settled on the Mark Twain set, but immediately went online and purchased the Debate on the Constitution set. And I'm sure the Steinbeck books won't be far behind for me.

Please forward on to your history editors my suggestions for a couple of authors: Daniel J. Boorstin and Jacques Barzun.

Thanks,
Jerry

33kcshankd
Feb 19, 2016, 5:03pm Top

>32 jhicks62:
(I loved being let in on the "secret" of how the cover colors are chosen!)

I remember the discussion, but don't remember the thread. Can you link to it?

34Podras.
Feb 22, 2016, 8:13pm Top

Two additional forthcoming LOA volumes have been made available for pre-order from Amazon.com since the last update, the previously announced Loren Eisley volumes. It looks like it is going to be a busy year, and this list doesn't include paper backs, other boxed sets, and additional miscellany.

Main Series Volumes:

03/22/2016-----John Adams: Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826
03/22/2016-----Abigail Adams: Letters
04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s
05/31/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: The Unknown Kerouac
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays, Memoires, & Other Writings
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: The Immense Journey, The Firmament of Time, The Unexpected Universe, Uncollected Writings
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: The Invisible Pyramid, The Night Country, Essays from The Star Thrower

There will be a two volume boxed set of the Eisley writings available, too, on the same date as the individual volumes.

Non-main series volumes:

05/10/2016-----David Foster Wallace: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

35jhicks62
Feb 29, 2016, 2:26pm Top

The color coding secrets: http://www.librarything.com/topic/87541

36kcshankd
Mar 1, 2016, 1:30am Top

>35 jhicks62:

That's it, thanks!

37Podras.
Apr 5, 2016, 9:27pm Top

This update revises some titles based on the recently released list of 2016-2017 new publications. There has also been a date change on Amazon for availability of the Virgil Thomson volume.

Main Series Volumes:

04/19/2016-----Ross Macdonald: Three Novels of the Early 1960s
06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
06/28/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 1
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 2

There will be a two volume boxed set of the Eisley writings available, too, on the same date as the individual volumes.

Non-main series volumes:

05/10/2016-----David Foster Wallace: String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis

38nicklong
Apr 18, 2016, 10:30am Top

I've ordered the String Theory volume via LOA. Cannot wait to get this (I haven't been keeping up with things for months - shocked that this volume is even being made). It's even in green cloth! I also ordered a special volume - "Roth at 80" - which may have been distributed to some members as a complimentary copy, but isn't available outside of LOA.

Will report back on both volumes.

39elenchus
Apr 18, 2016, 10:40am Top

Looking forward to it -- I think that's an essay included in one of DFW's collections, or perhaps I'm confusing it with another on tennis. Haven't looked at the description in detail, which obviously I could do on the LOA site. Sometimes I prefer the conversational style of information here.

I'm also looking forward to anyone's report on either of the Loren Eiseley collections, or even Eiseley's work separate from the LOA editions. I'd not heard his name until this announcement, but his concerns with evolution and ecology are an abiding interest of mine. I'm considering adding his 2 volumes to my subscription list.

40nicklong
Apr 18, 2016, 2:22pm Top

>39 elenchus:

Better. It's all five of DFW's tennis essays together. The only downside is that it'll be sized differently than regular LOA volumes. Not just one, but all five! Five! I'm not a hardboiled DFW fan (he's hit and miss for me, but his tennis pieces were most definitely HITS). I'm just thrilled that this is even being made. I can't think of a better start to getting tennis journalism / stories being published by LOA than this. Maybe a volume on tennis alone could be made that included the following:

John McPhee - "Levels of the Game", The New Yorker, 1969.
John Jermiah Sullivan (editor of the String Theory volume) - "Venus and Serena Against the World", New York Times Magazine, Aug 2012.
Bud Collins - "Borg vs. Tilden", New York Times Magazine, Aug 1980.

and more...

41geneg
Edited: Apr 19, 2016, 11:34am Top

John McPhee wrote a very interesting thick, book length series of articles for the New Yorker collected as Annals of the Former World. A very informative, great read, on the geology of central North America, from New Jersey to California along the 80th parallel.

42euphorb
Apr 19, 2016, 2:44pm Top

>39 elenchus: elenchus:

I've long been a fan of Loren Eiseley. The two LOA books collect only his wonderful essays. But he has written much more that I hope LOA will see fit to include before too long. He has published three volumes of poetry (on natural history and evolution topics) and much on Darwin. An early book, entitled "Darwin's Century" is a study of Darwin and others who contributed to the development of evolutionary theory in the 19th century, including several precursers and contemporaries of Darwin. "Darwin and the Mysterious Mr. X" extends that topic and develops Eiseley's controversial theory that Darwin borrowed much from a precurser. "The Man Who Saw Through Time" is a study of Francis Bacon, a 17th centiry English poet, playright, and scientific essayist. He is one of the primary forces in the development of the scientific method. Eiseley also published an autobiography, "All the Strange Hours," and the posthumous "Lost Notebook of Loren Eiseley." In addition to all of these, he published a number of scientific and academic papers.

43elenchus
Edited: Apr 19, 2016, 2:57pm Top

>42 euphorb:

Many thanks for that thoughtful post. I actually know (by title) Darwin's Century, even have it on a recon list, but didn't recognise Eiseley's name as from that work. But that is precisely why I have a recon list, to remind me of works that sound interesting, and learn a bit more about them.

I'm going to add at least one Eiseley LOA volume to my subscription list, and then go from there.

ETA, Well I thought I had Darwin's Century on my recon list, but I didn't. So I've added it now!

44nicklong
Apr 25, 2016, 8:25am Top

String Theory is absolutely amazing. The binding is spectacular - much better than the graphical depiction of it appears. The endpaper choice is stunning. I'm definitely reviewing this volume as soon as possible on my blog once I take some good photographs of it. I'm also very happy with the Roth at 80 volume (standard library binding) and will review that one as well.

I've fallen behind on my blog reviewing (life gets in the way), but I can confirm that String Theory easily exceeds some Folio Society titles in terms of appeal, aesthetics, and most importantly, price! If you're a tennis lover in any form, pick this volume up immediately!

45Podras.
May 12, 2016, 7:57pm Top

Since the last update, the second Ross MacDonald volume has been released, as has the non main-series volume David Foster Wallace: String Theory. The availability date of the second Virgil Thomson volume has changed again. Plus, Amazon has announced availability dates for new LOA volumes featuring writings by Jane Bowles and a second volume of writings by Carson McCullers.

Main Series Volumes:

06/14/2016-----War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing
08/30/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 1
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 2
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings

There will be two-volume boxed sets of the Loren Eisley and Carson McCullers writings available on the same dates as the corresponding individual volumes listed above.

46bsc20
Edited: May 14, 2016, 12:50pm Top

08/16/2016----Willa Cather: The Complete Fiction and Other Writings

This is a new box set of the three previously published Cather volumes.

09/20/2016----Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels: The Library of America Collection

The four previously published Vonnegut volumes in a new box set.

47bsc20
Jun 8, 2016, 1:48pm Top

10/04/2016----Reporting World War II: The 75th Anniversary Edition Box Set

The two Reporting WWII volumes boxed.

48Podras.
Jul 6, 2016, 10:59am Top

War No More has been removed from the list since it is now available (I've read it--it's excellent), and two Mary McCarthy volumes have been added, along with a corresponding boxed set of her writings.

Main Series Volumes:

08/30/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 1
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 2
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979

Boxed Sets:

08/16/2016-----Willa Cather (3 vols.)
09/20/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut (4 vols.)
10/04/2016-----Reporting World War II: The 75th Anniversary Edition (2 vols.)
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley (2 vols.)
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)

49elenchus
Edited: Jul 6, 2016, 1:30pm Top

Any insights on whether the Albert Murray edition includes photos as with the separately published Stomping the Blues?

I've also not read any Murray, so looking forward to any comments here from those more acquainted with his work. I'm off to check the LOA site's description now.

ETA

Found nothing on Albert Murray on the LOA site, hopefully coming soon.

50DCloyceSmith
Edited: Jul 6, 2016, 1:44pm Top

The 300 images/photos included in Stomping the Blues were added by the publisher (with Murray's cooperation and consent) and were not keyed to the text. They are not included in the LOA edition for this reason, and because the images would have not been well-served by the format of the LOA edition and (perhaps above all) re-clearing rights and permissions for each and every image in 2016 would have made the book quite expensive. Here is the explanation from the LOA's Note on the Text:

. . . McGraw-Hill, concerned that an essay-length meditation on “the blues as such and the blues as art” would not find a wide general audience, convinced Murray that the book would benefit from an ambitious art program, both to lend visual interest to the text and to double the book’s page count. Murray’s editor, Joyce Johnson, enlisted Harris Lewine (b. 1929), a former art director of McGraw-Hill, to research and design a visual component for Stomping the Blues. Lewine was well known in the world of jazz and blues as the art director of several distinguished music-related art books and scores of record-album sleeves and multi-disc packages. Lewine’s art program for Stomping the Blues consisted of some 150 jazz photographs and again as many facsimiles of concert posters, sheet-music covers, and labels from vintage 78s. The selection of imagery, each item of which was approved by Murray, complemented but was not keyed to Murray’s text. All of the images, arranged to fit full-page units or double-page spreads, were printed in black-and-white, and most of the units were accompanied by captions by Murray, written to fit Lewine’s design specifications, down to exact character counts. None of the images are reproduced here, but certain of Murray’s captions are, when apposite, included among the notes . . .

--David

51elenchus
Jul 6, 2016, 2:53pm Top

As ever, David, much appreciate that information. I'm not put off by not having images, in this case, but it's great to have that background and not simply a text without the photographs.

I'm tentatively thinking that's another title to add to my subscription, but I'll wait to see what else is included in the volume, and perhaps check out some of Murray's writing separately via the library.

52DCloyceSmith
Jul 6, 2016, 3:11pm Top

>51 elenchus:

We should have the all the October-November titles (Keroauc, Murray, Eiseley) and the boxed sets up on the site by the last week of July. In the meantime, here's the contents listing for the Murray volume:

The Omni-Americans
South to a Very Old Place
The Hero and the Blues
Stomping the Blues
The Blue Devils of Nada
From the Briarpatch File

Other Writings
--“The Problem” Is Not Just Black and White
--U.S. Negroes and U.S. Jews: No Cause for Alarm
--“Soul”: Thirty-two Meanings Not in Your Dictionary
--“Stone”: Definition and Usage
--Two Nations? Only Two?
--Bearden in Theory and Ritual
--Three Omni-American Artists
--Jazz: Notes Toward a Definition

53kcshankd
Jul 9, 2016, 2:58pm Top

>52 DCloyceSmith:

This is wonderful, thank you for the update. I've been picking up Murray books one at a time, and am really looking forward to this volume.

54Truett
Jul 9, 2016, 8:07pm Top

I Copied and pasted the material from the post by Podras for this UPDATE. If I got anything wrong,
apologies. Couple of new titles to shoehorn into the list, Sontag & Twain (I don't think the Twain boxed set is a reissue):

Main Series Volumes:

08/30/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 1
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 2
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979
03/28/2017-----Susan Sontag: Later Essays

Boxed Sets:

08/16/2016-----Willa Cather (3 vols.)
09/20/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut (4 vols.)
10/04/2016-----Reporting World War II: The 75th Anniversary Edition (2 vols.)
11/01/2016-----Loren Eiseley (2 vols.)
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
01/31/2017-----Mark Twain (2 vols.): The Collected Shorter Works of Mark Twain
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)

55bsc20
Jul 10, 2016, 9:55am Top

The Twain box would surely include the two previously published tales, sketches, speeches, and essays volumes.

56Podras.
Jul 10, 2016, 10:23am Top

>55 bsc20: That seems the most likely pairing.

More Susan Sontag? I'm champing at the bit already.

57Truett
Jul 11, 2016, 8:50am Top

Podras & 55bsc20, guess I figured that the two Twain volumes from the '90s had already gotten a boxed set publication. Also, (I found it tough trying to read the kindle version of contents on Amazon) did those two volumes collect ALL of Twain's short fiction? (I know they had/have essays and letters and such -- just wasn't certain about the short stories).

58Podras.
Jul 11, 2016, 10:45am Top

>57 Truett: No, not all of Twain's short fiction is contained in those volumes. Partly, that is because a novelette of his, A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage, written for the Atlantic Monthly in the 1870s, managed to get itself buried in the magazine's files until being rediscovered and finally put into print in the July/August 2001 issue. An article about the story and its rediscovery is included.

Aside from that, I don't know if those two of LOA's volumes are complete vis-a-vis Twain's short fiction.

59Truett
Jul 11, 2016, 7:33pm Top

Thanks, Podras. Yeah, I'd read about that novelette. And a perusal of the contents of the two 1990-era stories, essays, and letters collections (which aren't situated by fiction, essays, etc.) still left me a bit uncertain. Admittedly, I am not that familiar with all of Twain's essays (i'll have to amend that). But I didn't noticed "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" amongst either of the titles on the contents pages. And THAT is certainly his most famous short story (unless it was retitled for these collections). I've got ALL of the other LOA Twain books. Guess it's about time I get those two collections. :)

Perhaps the equally famous DCloyceSmith will drop into this conversation and let us know if there are new contents in the forthcoming boxed set -- or not.

60bsc20
Jul 11, 2016, 7:56pm Top

Truett, it is "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog," original title, in the 1852-1890 volume. The two volumes are pretty definitive on Twain's short fiction.

61DCloyceSmith
Edited: Jul 11, 2016, 9:54pm Top

>58 Podras.: & >59 Truett: & >60 bsc20::

The Twain set is a repackaging of the two LOA volumes of Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays published in the 1990s. They contained virtually all the short stories and tales published during Twain's lifetime, most of the essays, and many of the speeches published in the University of California Press edition of Twain.

So the collection doesn't include discoveries made in the last twenty years and many of the unsigned (and possibly apocryphal) items. It also omits some of the "tales" and other items that were actually excerpts from his then-unpublished autobiography.

(A few travel essays were included in the later volume: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels.)

Twain was as notorious as his infamous frog about recycling and revising his short works, especially his speeches, so the LOA edition omits versions that would that make the collection seem internally repetitious. Although you could certainly find items not included in the LOA edition, I think you would be hard-pressed to find anything notable or unique missing.

--David

PS The table of contents for the nearly 300 items in these two volumes can be found on the LOA site:
https://loa.org/books/80-collected-tales-sketches-speeches-essays-1852-1890
https://loa.org/books/81-collected-tales-sketches-speeches-essays-1891-1910

62Truett
Jul 11, 2016, 10:10pm Top

bsc20, Thanks for the education regarding that particular title (and the contents)!

DCloyceSmith, thanks, as well, for all of YOUR information!

And for the link to the table of contents for the forthcoming set.
I've already ordered the boxed set, so come next January, the gap in my LOA Twain collection will be nicely filled (and I can re-read short stories -- I have an old "Complete" Stories of Twain book club edition that I've managed to hold onto -- and finally read all of the essays which have thus far escaped my attentions).

63Podras.
Edited: Jul 12, 2016, 11:56am Top

Note that LOA's Shakespeare in America also contains a piece by Twain with the unassuming title, Autobiographical Dictation (1909), that isn't in any of their dedicated Twain volumes. It is Twain's contribution to anti-Shakespearean dogma, fitting in the "if-someone-as-famous-as-(---fill in the blank---)-believed-it,-it-must-be-true" species of argument.

64DCloyceSmith
Edited: Jul 12, 2016, 2:38pm Top

> 63

That Shakespeare piece, first published in 2001, is part of the corpus of manuscripts and dictations that form Twain's unfinished autobiography. It also appeared in the recently published third (and final) volume of the Autobiography of Mark Twain (see: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520279940).

We were lucky it appeared earlier, since it's an interesting addition to the Shakespeare volume

--David

65Mareino
Jul 12, 2016, 2:42pm Top

new to this forum but have been purchasing LOA books since the series began. Wondering if anyone has more information on the World War I book that LOA is publishing in March. I see it is avaiable for preorder on Amazon. Neither the Penguin nor the LOA site has more specific information on what the volume contains other than the fact that the volume does exist and will be published in March.

66DCloyceSmith
Jul 13, 2016, 10:16am Top

>65 Mareino:

Welcome to the LOA forum!

The book is still in production (estimated page count =900), but here is the advance copy sent to LOA subscribers earlier this year:

Published to mark the centennial of the American entry into the conflict, World War I: Told by the Americans Who Lived It brings together a wide range of writings by American participants and observers to tell the vivid and dramatic firsthand story from the outbreak of war in 1914 through the Armistice, the Paris Peace Conference, and the League of Nations debate. The eighty-eight writers collected in the volume—soldiers, airmen, nurses, diplomats, statesmen, political activists, journalists—provide unique insights into how Americans perceived the war, why they supported or opposed intervention, how they experienced the nightmarish reality of industrial warfare, and how the conflict changed American life. Richard Harding Davis witnesses the burning of Louvain; Edith Wharton tours the front in the Argonne and Flanders; John Reed reports from Serbia and Bukovina; Charles Lauriat describes the sinking of the Lusitania; Leslie Davis records the Armenian genocide; Jane Addams and Emma Goldman protest against militarism; Victor Chapman and Edmond Genet fly with the Lafayette Escadrille; Floyd Gibbons, Hervey Allen, and Edward Lukens experience the ferocity of combat in Belleau Wood, Fismette, and the Meuse-Argonne; and Ellen La Motte and Mary Borden unflinchingly examine the “human wreckage” brought into military hospitals. W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Fauset, and Claude McKay protest the racist treatment of black soldiers and the violence directed at African Americans on the home front; Carrie Chapman Catt connects the war with the fight for women’s suffrage; Willa Cather explores the impact of the war on rural Nebraska; Henry May recounts a deadly influenza outbreak onboard a troop transport; Oliver Wendell Holmes weighs the limits of free speech in wartime; Woodrow Wilson envisions a world without war. A coda presents three iconic postwar works by Ernest Hemingway, E. E. Cummings, and John Dos Passos.

--David

67Mareino
Jul 13, 2016, 12:15pm Top

Thank you, David.
That sounds like a fantastic volume. I'll pre-order that today.

I've often thought about subscribing to LOA but have over 100 volumes already so subscribing at this point would seem to be an administrative problem.

To all the forum members: I have been reading your posts for several years and have appreciated learning so much from fellow book lovers. Thanks!

68Truett
Jul 14, 2016, 9:41am Top

Wow! This DOES sound impressive!
Glad Mr. Smith got back to you so quickly, Mareino.
Not only for the warm welcome, but because _I_ have now been enlightened about
something that has piqued my interest as well.

My thanks to you AND DCloyceSmith!

69kcshankd
Jul 16, 2016, 1:49am Top

>67 Mareino:

If you subscribe, you can fill out a spreadsheet from LOA listing the volumes you already have. You save a little bit of money with each purchase, and there are quarterly sales as well.

70Podras.
Aug 15, 2016, 1:51pm Top

LOA has just released their Spring-Summer 2017 publishing schedule. Amazon hasn't announced the availability dates for the later volumes yet. In those cases, LOA's planned release month is used instead.

Note that Amazon's availability dates for the some of the volumes and boxed sets have been pushed down a bit.

Main Series Volumes:

08/30/2016-----Virgil Thomson: The State of Music & Other Writings
08/30/2016-----Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
09/06/2016-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia
09/13/2016-----John O'Hara: Stories
09/27/2016-----Jack Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings
10/18/2016-----Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
11/15/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 1
11/15/2016-----Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos, volume 2
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
02/28/2017-----World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979
03/28/2017-----Susan Sontag: Later Essays
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1824-1848
Jul. 2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
Jul. 2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000

Boxed Sets:

08/23/2016-----Willa Cather (3 vols.)
10/04/2016-----Kurt Vonnegut (4 vols.)
10/04/2016-----Reporting World War II: The 75th Anniversary Edition (2 vols.)
11/15/2016-----Loren Eiseley (2 vols.)
01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
01/31/2017-----Mark Twain (2 vols.): The Collected Shorter Works of Mark Twain
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

Jun. 2017-----Top 50: The Best American Writers on Rock and Pop

71elenchus
Aug 15, 2016, 2:23pm Top

> 70
Jul. 2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
Jun. 2017-----Top 50: The Best American Writers on Rock and Pop


Was the selection for the final Macdonald volume ever specified? I've read the first novel from the first volume (The Way Some People Die) and I'm looking forward to the other three. I'm reading Macdonald along with Hammett and perhaps Chandler. Good stuff, all.

The Rock and Pop special edited volume is intriguing, curious about that Table of Contents, as well.

I'll look out on the LOA website later on, but wanted to post here first.

Podras. , thanks for the update!

72jroger1
Edited: Aug 15, 2016, 9:11pm Top

>71 elenchus:
"Was the selection for the final Macdonald volume ever specified?"

From an earlier post:

"We have reached an agreement to publish the third Ross Macdonald volume, which will be published in July 2017 and will include the following four novels:

Black Money (1966)
The Instant Enemy (1967)
The Goodbye Look (1969)
The Underground Man (1971)

--David"

73tomehoarder
Aug 16, 2016, 4:45pm Top

Finally another volume of poetry. it's been a while.

74Truett
Oct 18, 2016, 1:27am Top

The Next Ross MacDonald volume (hopefully, not the last, since there are great short stories...and since I still think SLEEPING BEAUTY and THE BLUE HAMMER, or even THE FERGUSON AFFAIR, would be a welcome addition to a fourth volume) is now listed on Amazon for July 11, 2017. Ordered my (two) copies! :)

Hey, he seems to be one of LOA's top sellers -- a guy can dream. :)

75Podras.
Nov 15, 2016, 6:42pm Top

LOA has completed its previously announced 2016 schedule for releases to the general public, though some volumes to be generally released in 2017 will be available to subscribers in slip-cased editions this year.

Here are 2017's general availability dates thus far announced, as reported by Amazon:

Main Series Volumes:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
02/28/2017-----World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1)
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979
03/28/2017-----Susan Sontag: Later Essays
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1824-1848
07/11/2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
Jul. 2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000 (2)

Boxed Sets:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
01/31/2017-----Mark Twain (2 vols.): The Collected Shorter Works of Mark Twain
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)
05/02/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

May 23, 2017-----Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z (3)

__________

(1) This title will be shipped to LOA's Charter Members gratis; probably in late December. For those wanting to get the volume through the initial offering of the membership program, the deadline for joining is Nov. 23, 2016. Subscribers will get the volume in a slip-cased edition. Non-subscribers will receive it in a dust jacket. (I believe that is right. David, please correct me if I've screwed that up.)

(2) The precise release date isn't yet available.

(3) The originally announced title was Top 50: The Best American Writers on Rock and Pop

76Podras.
Dec 17, 2016, 11:10am Top

LOA recently announced a slate of additional releases for 2017. Though they are not yet all visible on Amazon (a surrogate for general availability), they have been added to this list for the convenience of those planning future purchases. Volumes visible on Amazon will contain the precise general release date (subject to change). Those announced by LOA but not yet visible on Amazon just list LOA's projected month and year.

Main Series Volumes:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
02/28/2017-----World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979
03/28/2017-----Susan Sontag: Later Essays
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821 (1)
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1824-1848 (1)
07/11/2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2

Sep. 2017-----Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013
Oct. 2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000 (1)
Oct. 2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories: 1938–1959
Oct. 2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories: 1960–1992

Boxed Sets:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
01/31/2017-----Mark Twain (2 vols.): The Collected Shorter Works of Mark Twain
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.) (1)

Sep. 2017-----Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3 vols.)
Sep. 2017-----The Ross Macdonald Collection (3. vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

05/23/2017-----Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z
05/23/2017-----The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings
__________

(1) Previously listed release dates have changed for these items.

77elenchus
Dec 17, 2016, 11:38am Top

Nice update, podras, appreciate your diligence.

78Podras.
Edited: Jan 12, 2017, 10:18pm Top

This post has been updated with Amazon's availability dates for the Peter Taylor volumes and the final volume of John Ashbery's poetry.

Additional specific volume availability dates have appeared on Amazon (a surrogate for general availability). All of the volumes listed here have been officially announced by LOA.

Main Series Volumes:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers: Stories, Plays, & Other Writings
01/31/2017-----Jane Bowles: Collected Writings
02/28/2017-----World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942–1963
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963–1979
03/28/2017-----Susan Sontag: Later Essays
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1824-1848
07/11/2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
09/12/2017-----Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1938–1959
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1960–1992
10/03/2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000

Boxed Sets:

01/24/2017-----Carson McCullers (2 vols.)
01/31/2017-----Mark Twain (2 vols.): The Collected Shorter Works of Mark Twain
03/21/2017-----Mary McCarthy (2 vols.)
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.)
09/12/2017-----Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3 vols.)
09/12/2017-----The Ross Macdonald Collection (3 vols.)
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

05/23/2017-----Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z
05/23/2017-----The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings

79Podras.
Apr 29, 2017, 10:13pm Top

This update includes the recently announced Wendell Berry, Norman Mailer, and Reconstruction volumes. Additionally, a boxed set of Le Guin's Hainish Novels and Stories has been added.
Main Series Volumes:

06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1824-1848
07/11/2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
09/12/2017-----Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1938–1959
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1960–1992
10/03/2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000
01/16/2018-----Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories

Main Series Announced--No Release Date Yet:

Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality

Boxed Sets:

06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.)
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories (2 vols.)
09/12/2017-----Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3 vols.)
09/12/2017-----The Ross Macdonald Collection (3 vols.)
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

05/23/2017-----Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z
05/23/2017-----The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings

80Podras.
May 12, 2017, 7:15pm Top

Yesterday, LOA's Reader's Almanac announced their Winter-Spring 2018 publication schedule. Besides previously announced volumes of upcoming works by Norman Mailer, Ursula K. LeGuin, Peter Taylor, Philip Roth, John Ashbery, and historical writings from the Reconstruction Era, LOA will be bringing out fiction by Albert Murray, environmentalist works by Rachel Carson including Silent Spring, and their first collection of works from the Western genre, from crime writer Elmore Leonard. In addition, a new non-series volume has been announced containing writings about the sport of Basketball.

This update provides current general availability dates from Amazon when known, or LOA's announced month and year.

Main Series Volumes:

06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821
06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1821-1848
07/11/2017-----Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
09/12/2017-----Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1938–1959
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1960–1992
10/03/2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000
01/16/2018-----Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories
01/30/2018-----Albert Murray: Complete Novels and Poems
01/30/2018-----Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality

Mar. 2018-----Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
Mar. 2018-----Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
Apr. 2018-----Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings
May 2018-----Elmore Leonard: Westerns

Boxed Sets:

06/20/2017-----John Quincy Adams (2 vols.)
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories (2 vols.)
09/12/2017-----Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3 vols.)
09/12/2017-----The Ross Macdonald Collection (3 vols.)
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (2 vols.)

Jan. 2018-----Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings 1832‒1865 (2 vols.)
Mar. 2018-----American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

05/23/2017-----Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z
05/23/2017-----The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings

Feb. 2018-----Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game

81Mareino
Edited: Jul 24, 2017, 11:51am Top

The Mailer books are now shown on Amazon with an availability date of 2/27/18

update: Amazon now shows 1/30/18 for Berry, 3/27/18 for Carson, and 2/27/18 for the basketball volume

82Podras.
Edited: Nov 27, 2017, 1:25pm Top

With the exception of the two boxed sets noted below, forthcoming Amazon (i.e. general release) availability dates for all of the LOA publications announced to date are out. Subscribers can generally get LOA volumes earlier than the availability dates announced by Amazon--Main Series volumes lack dust covers but come in slip cases.

Main Series Volumes:

09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 1
09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
09/12/2017-----Philip Roth: Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1938–1959
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: Complete Stories 1960–1992
10/03/2017-----John Ashbery: Complete Poems 1991-2000
01/16/2018-----Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories
01/30/2018-----Albert Murray: Complete Novels and Poems
01/30/2018-----Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
03/27/2018-----Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings
04/24/2018-----Elmore Leonard: Westerns

Boxed Sets:

09/05/2017-----Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels & Stories (2 vols.)
09/12/2017-----Elmore Leonard: The Classic Crime Novels (3 vols.)
09/12/2017-----The Ross Macdonald Collection (3 vols.)
10/03/2017-----Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (2 vols.)

The following 2-volume boxed sets were announced by LOA, but as of yet, they haven't shown up on Amazon. For Lincoln, Amazon currently has a 3-volume boxed set than contains the two volumes of Lincoln's speeches and writings, plus the single volume The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now.

Jan. 2018-----Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings 1832‒1865 (2 vols.)
Mar. 2018-----American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

02/27/2018-----Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game

83kcshankd
Aug 1, 2017, 2:48am Top

Thanks for the update. The Reconstruction volume should just be WEB Du Bois.

84Podras.
Nov 27, 2017, 1:36pm Top

These are the remaining forthcoming Amazon releases for officially announced LOA volumes and boxed sets. This update reflects a change in the release date for the Wendell Berry volume.

Main Series Volumes:

01/30/2018-----Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories
01/30/2018-----Albert Murray: Complete Novels and Poems
01/30/2018-----Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
03/27/2018-----Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings
04/24/2018-----Elmore Leonard: Westerns

Boxed Sets:

01/09/2018-----Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings 1832‒1865 (2 vols.)
03/20/2018-----American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (2 vols.)--Rerelease

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

02/27/2018-----Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game

85Mareino
Jan 5, 2018, 6:50pm Top

Two volumes by Madeline L’Engle to be published 9/4/18
Volume of Updike’s first 4 novels to be published 9/18/18

86Dr_Flanders
Jan 8, 2018, 12:59am Top

It looks like a Science Fiction volume is up on Amazon too, though I don't know how accurate the listings are this far ahead of time. It is titled "The Future is Female: Women's Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave" The listed published is the LOA, but I don't know if there is any way to tell whether is is part of the main series or not, though it is listed as a hardcover. The cover art isn't consistent with the main series, but I don't know.

https://www.amazon.com/Future-Female-Science-Fiction-Stories/dp/1598535803/ref=s...

87Podras.
Jan 8, 2018, 1:48pm Top

With these new titles appearing on Amazon, it looks like LOA may soon be announcing their next batch of releases.

88withawhy99
Jan 8, 2018, 4:38pm Top

>85 Mareino:
Any idea what will be in the L'Engle?

90withawhy99
Jan 9, 2018, 9:40am Top

>89 DCloyceSmith:
Hm, I was hoping for some of L'Engle's other works (notably the Crosswicks journals). Her "Kairos" books are terribly uneven and I'm not interested in having all of them. Oh well.

91DCloyceSmith
Jan 9, 2018, 11:45am Top

>90 withawhy99:

We do plan to publish the Crosswicks Journals. All four books will be in one LOA volume, and although no pub date is set yet, we have an agreement in principle with the estate, and it will be the next volume of the LOA's L'Engle edition.

--David

92withawhy99
Jan 9, 2018, 1:16pm Top

>91 DCloyceSmith:
Hooray, that is great news!

93Podras.
Jan 10, 2018, 3:13am Top

I must be prescient. ;-)

The roughly four and a half month hiatus between the publication of Elmore Leonard's Westerns and the Madeleine L’Engle volumes is an unusually long gap for LOA. 2018 is also noteworthy for the relatively large number of non-series volumes, and for having the least number of main-series volumes published since 2011 or 2012. I may actually be able to catch up with my reading.

Based on comments made earlier, I was hoping for another volume of Ursula K. LeGuin's works sometime this year, but apparently it was not yet time for more. I see the potential for two or three more volumes. Possibly two for her Earth Sea novels and stories, and at least one more. Here's me keeping my fingers crossed. The Lathe of Heaven is a must!

The book of Science Fiction short stories by female writers is welcome compensation, though it was a bit disappointing that it wasn't made part of the main series. I've long felt that short SF was a rich literary genre source begging to be mined for works deserving permanent recognition. Yes, Sturgeon's Law applies here as elsewhere, but 10% of the remaining 10% includes some very good stuff indeed.

I welcome the L'Engle volumes, too, though I had just reread her Wrinkle in Time books early last year. I've not read any of her others.

I have a special weakness for good 19th century writers, too, so I will eagerly await what will probably be the last LOA volume of Cooper's works. I know that some people find his style a bit ... um ... slow, but I love his works.

94Podras.
Jan 18, 2018, 11:02pm Top

This update includes the recent official announcement of new fall 2018 volumes. It also reflects a change in the release date for the Albert Murray: Complete Novels and Poems volume.

Main Series Volumes:

01/30/2018-----Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories
01/30/2018-----Reconstruction: Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality
02/13/2018-----Albert Murray: Complete Novels and Poems
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
02/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
03/27/2018-----Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings
04/24/2018-----Elmore Leonard: Westerns
09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
09/11/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
Nov. 2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution

Boxed Sets:

03/20/2018-----American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (2 vols.)--Rerelease
09/04/2018-----Madeleine L'Engle: The Kairos Novels: The Wrinkle in Time and Polly O'Keefe Quartets (2 vols.)
Oct. 2018-----William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (5 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

02/27/2018-----Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game
09/25/2018-----The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
10/09/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
Oct. 2018-----My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife

Paperback:

08/18/2018-----The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings *

*Appears to contain a subset of the LOA main series two-volume The Debate on the Constitution (series numbers 62, and 63) plus new introductory material.

95Podras.
Edited: Feb 14, 2018, 9:35pm Top

The general release dates for all of the upcoming formally announced LOA volumes are now available.

Main Series Volumes:

03/13/2018-----Norman Mailer: Four Books of the 1960s
03/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: Collected Essays of the 1960s
03/27/2018-----Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings
04/24/2018-----Elmore Leonard: Westerns
09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
09/11/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
11/06/2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution

Boxed Sets:

03/20/2018-----American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (2 vols.)--Rerelease
03/27/2018-----Norman Mailer: The Sixties (2 vols.)
09/04/2018-----Madeleine L'Engle: The Kairos Novels: The Wrinkle in Time and Polly O'Keefe Quartets (2 vols.)
10/02/2018-----William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (5 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

02/27/2018-----Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game
09/25/2018-----The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
10/09/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
10/16/2018-----My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife

Paperback:

09/18/2018-----The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings *

*Appears to contain a subset of the LOA main series two-volume The Debate on the Constitution (series numbers 62, and 63) plus new introductory material.

96Podras.
Jul 2, 2018, 12:26pm Top

As usual, the availability of a volume on Amazon is a stand-in for its general public release. This iteration of the list has been updated to include the recently announced Spring 2019 schedule.

Main Series Volumes:

09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
09/04/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
09/11/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
11/06/2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution
01/08/2019-----John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s
01/15/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/05/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
Apr. 2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: Essays 1969–1990
Apr. 2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: Essays 1993–2017
May 2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
Jun. 2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories

Boxed Sets:

09/04/2018-----Madeleine L'Engle: The Kairos Novels: The Wrinkle in Time and Polly O'Keefe Quartets (2 vols.)
10/02/2018-----William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (5 vols.)
01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications: **

09/25/2018-----The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
10/09/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
10/16/2018-----My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife
03/05/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
Apr. 2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America

Paperback:

09/18/2018-----The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings ***

* Reissue with a revised title.

** The frequency of LOA's special publications has certainly increased recently. A sign of times to come?

*** Appears to contain a subset of the LOA main series two-volume The Debate on the Constitution (main series numbers 62 and 63) plus new introductory material.

97Podras.
Edited: Aug 21, 2018, 12:07pm Top

Aug. 21, 2018 Update: Amazon has provided the release date of the Cornealius Ryan volume.

A few updates have been made. Amazon is now reporting that Madeline L'Engle's individual LOA volumes will be available Sept. 25 instead of the previously reported Sept. 4. However, the boxed set is still listed for Sept. 4. Odd.

A Wendell Berry essays boxed set has been added to Amazon's upcoming offerings.

I'm no longer able to find the William Faulkner boxed set on Amazon. It has been left on the list for now because sometimes Amazon's search results miss items.

Main Series Volumes:

09/25/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
09/25/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
09/11/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
11/06/2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution
01/08/2019-----John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s
01/15/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/05/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: Essays 1969–1990
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: Essays 1993–2017
05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
Jun. 2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories

Boxed Sets:

09/04/2018-----Madeleine L'Engle: The Kairos Novels: The Wrinkle in Time and Polly O'Keefe Quartets (2 vols.)
10/02/2018-----William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (5 vols.)
01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications: **

09/25/2018-----The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
10/09/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
10/16/2018-----My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife
03/05/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
04/02/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America

Paperback:

09/18/2018-----The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings ***

--------------------------------------------------​

* Reissue with a revised title.

** The frequency of LOA's special publications has certainly increased recently. A sign of times to come?

*** Appears to contain a subset of the LOA main series two-volume The Debate on the Constitution (main series numbers 62 and 63) with new introductory material.

98Truett
Aug 23, 2018, 7:35am Top

Since I contributed to the slow-down in postings on this site -- I think (no worries, I've had my say regarding Harlan Ellison) -- thought I'd try to help get the ball rolling again by pointing out that THE FUTURE IS FEMALE seems to have been delayed in publication. I think it's October, now.

99elenchus
Aug 23, 2018, 9:20am Top

>98 Truett:

Possibly related to the forced change in publisher? Only speculation, I've heard nothing on that specifically.

100Podras.
Aug 23, 2018, 11:23am Top

>98 Truett: You are right. Amazon now reports The Future is Female as being available Oct. 9 instead of the original Sept. 25. My last (randomly inspired) check was only for items that didn't already have specific dates and for the Madeline L'Engle main series items with the inconsistent release dates for the individual volumes versus the boxed set, so I missed that one. I now see that the first volume of John Updike's novels has changed its release date, too, and unless I made a mistake originally, the individual Wendell Berry Essays volumes have dropped the "What I Stand On" portion of their titles, though the phrase is still there for the boxed set. I still can't find the 5-volume boxed set of William Faulkner's short stories that LOA announced.

Here is the updated upcoming release list as per Amazon:

Main Series Volumes:

09/25/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
09/25/2018-----Madeline L’Engle: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
11/06/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
11/06/2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution
01/08/2019-----John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s
01/15/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/05/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
Jun. 2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories

Boxed Sets:

09/04/2018-----Madeleine L'Engle: The Kairos Novels: The Wrinkle in Time and Polly O'Keefe Quartets (2 vols.)
10/02/2018-----William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (5 vols.)
01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

09/25/2018-----The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
10/09/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
10/16/2018-----My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife
03/05/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
04/02/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America

Paperback:

09/18/2018-----The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings **

--------------------------------------------------​

* Reissue with a revised title.

** Appears to contain a subset of the LOA main series two-volume The Debate on the Constitution (main series numbers 62 and 63) with new introductory material.

101Truett
Aug 23, 2018, 6:17pm Top

elenchus: Yup, that's what I reckoned as well. New publisher, digs, etc. Something had to give, so it figures that at least the 2018 dates would be affected. I'm amazed that the disruption didn't cause more problems! LOA did a great job of rebounding.

Podras: thanks, as always, for keeping up the list of forthcoming pub. dates here on the forum. It is VERY helpful, and much appreciated.

102DCloyceSmith
Aug 23, 2018, 10:02pm Top

Everyone:

Just wanted to confirm the speculation above--that some of our release dates are slipping a few weeks because we've had to source out all our fall titles (and reprints!!) to several other (and new to us) printers.

If we were alone in this migration, we'd be in a better position, but the closing of Edwards Bros. Malloy affected dozens of medium-sized publishers and not a few small presses, and most printers weren't exactly ready for the unexpected additional work at the busiest time of the year. Coupled with a tightening of the paper market (mills are all at capacity, and the tariff war didn't help, since so much paper comes from Canada now), it's been challenging, but we've held tight through a perfect storm and hope to be more or less "caught up" by the end of the year.

Also, the challenges getting reprints done in part convinced us to postpone the Faulkner boxed set for one or two seasons.

-- David

103elenchus
Aug 23, 2018, 11:33pm Top

As always this thread proves highly instructive, not only via posts such as >102 DCloyceSmith: but the efforts and discussions of all. I echo Truett's appreciation.

104Podras.
Edited: Aug 24, 2018, 3:01pm Top

>101 Truett: et. al. You're welcome.

>102 DCloyceSmith: Thanks David. I've revised my last update above to remove the Faulkner boxed set.

Correction For some reason, attempts to revise my last update result in corrupting the whole thing. I'm going to leave it be for now and hope that people interested in the Faulkner boxed set read David's post.

David, may your headaches due to the turmoil in the printing world be over soon and the physical quality of your publications continue to complement the high standards set by their content.

105Podras.
Oct 16, 2018, 2:11am Top

Several items have been removed from this update because they are now in general release, including the Madeline L'Engle volumes, The Future is Female, Grant's My Dearest Julia, and the paperback and Kindle versions of The Essential Debate on the Constitution. The five-volume set of William Faulkner's novels has been delayed one or two seasons as per David with no announced release date as of yet.

Some of the release dates have changed, too, and note that a specific availability date is now set for the Booth Tarkington volume.

Main Series Volumes:

11/20/2018-----John Updike: Novels 1959-1965
11/27/2018-----James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution
01/08/2019-----John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s
01/15/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/05/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
06/04/2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories

Boxed Sets:

01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *
04/02/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

11/20/2018-----Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
03/05/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
04/02/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America

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* Reissue with a revised title.

106elenchus
Oct 16, 2018, 9:34am Top

>105 Podras.: 01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *

I'm curious, has LOA re-released a title with revised contents many times? I haven't researched the old versus new editions for this title specifically, and I might still do that. I'm curious whether this practise is unique to Wright, and what the decision-making might be. Perhaps as simply as the original intent couldn't be released for financial reasons, and now that's changed (perhaps a sponsor is secured for the new 2-volume edition) and so it's being re-released.

107euphorb
Edited: Oct 16, 2018, 10:39am Top

>106 elenchus:

I'm not aware of LOA ever changing the contents of any main series volume (and I have them all through the first of the L'Engle volumes). My understanding is that there is no change in the Wright volumes other than a change in the title of the boxed set. The only other change (also cosmetic) that I am aware of is that the two Franklin volumes (now numbered 37a and 37b) were originally issued as a single very bulky volume. When they were reprinted several years later, the contents were spread between two volumes to make them easier to handle. I am aware of at least two special publications that added a few pieces when they were re-issued as paperbacks -- these are Writing New York and American Movie Critics (perhaps the same is true of other special publications that have been reissued in paperback, but these are the only two I am aware of for which this is true). Perhaps David will chime in on this question with more accurate information.

108elenchus
Oct 16, 2018, 10:47am Top

Thanks so much for the considered response, euphorb. I was surprised to understand (wrongly, it turns out!) that the Wright book was revised in content. Definitely look forward to anything David might add, but your response was precisely the sort of overarching view I hoped to find.

109Podras.
Edited: Oct 16, 2018, 3:43pm Top

I'm aware of two publications of LOA's that border on the question of revised main series volumes (besides the Benjamin Franklin volume split) without actually revising them.

The first has to do with LOA's American Classics series of paperbacks. One of them, American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama, contains selected speeches from the pair of American Speeches main series volumes, numbers 166 & 167. The paperback took the additional step of adding Barack Obama's A More Perfect Union speech.

The other one has to do with Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings, main series volume 125. According to an article in LOA's Reader's Almanac many years ago, most if not all of Hammett's pulp stories were revised, sometimes heavily, by his magazine editor. For its volume, LOA restored the stories to Hammett's version based on extant manuscripts. The magazine version was used when there was no surviving manuscript. After 125 was published, the manuscript for one of its magazine-based stories was discovered; I don't recall the title (This King Business?). At the time of the Reader's Almanac article, LOA planned to release a new edition of the volume with Hammett's version of the story, but something got in the way. I’m not aware if it was ever released.

110elenchus
Oct 16, 2018, 3:57pm Top

>109 Podras.:

Fascinating backstory on the Hammett. I liked that collection, wonder if they ever revised and if so, which version I have.

111DCloyceSmith
Edited: Oct 19, 2018, 4:24pm Top

>107 euphorb::

The Wright boxed set contains reprints of the two LOA volumes as they were published in 1995. For the set we decided to emphasize more prominently the fact that the LOA editions restored the omitted/bowdlerized passages from all the books and published "Black Boy" in its original, complete form--an aspect of the LOA editions that seems to have got lost over the years. (I note that the Amazon copy need to be revised so that our longtime customers don't think these are brand-new editions; working on that now.)

>109 Podras.: & >110 elenchus::

About the Hammett revision, see: http://blog.loa.org/2012/04/this-king-business-dashiell-hammett.html The corrected version of the story was included with printings issued after April 2012.

One other major revision was the omission of the "other essays" in the first Emerson volume, I think beginning with the second* printing. Those essays had long been attributed to Emerson, but recent scholarship revealed that not all the essays were his--or were collaborative. (Margaret Fuller wrote at least one of them.) Scholars have been busy in the last three decades sorting out what he did and didn't write, and we hope to publish a future Emerson volume that will contain his later and uncollected essays.

--David

* Correction: It was the sixth printing, in 1991.

112elenchus
Oct 18, 2018, 11:00am Top

Appreciate the clarification, DCloyceSmith. Presumably by the time I received my copy (Feb 2017) the stock was well into the revised edition. I purchased mine directly from LOA (slipcased). I'll attempt to confirm that next time I pick up my copy.

113Podras.
Oct 18, 2018, 1:01pm Top

>111 DCloyceSmith: "... we hope to publish a future Emerson volume that will contain his later and uncollected essays."

David, would that be in an updated edition of one of the existing Emerson volumes or a new main-series title?

Thanks.

114DCloyceSmith
Oct 18, 2018, 1:42pm Top

>112 elenchus:

The printing number on the copyright page will be the tell. The 2012 printing was the third printing, but they were all jacketed editions. We reprinted the slipcased edition in August 2015, though, as part of the fourth printing. It's possible we still had second printing copies in February 2017, but I'd be surprised.

>113 Podras.:

The Emerson volume ("Later/Uncollected Essays and Other Writings") would be a new (fifth) volume of the LOA Emerson edition.

115Podras.
Edited: Dec 23, 2018, 4:15pm Top

This update adds the new volumes LOA recently announced for the later half of 2019, and volumes that are now in general release have been removed. There have also been several release date changes from those Amazon had previously reported. For volumes that Amazon doesn't yet have listed, LOA's release month and year are included instead.

It is worth noting that before 2019, LOA released at most three non-series publications in any one calendar year. In 2019, six are being released. Could this be a reflection of a change in LOA's mission?

Main Series Volumes:

01/08/2019-----John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s
02/05/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/19/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
04/16/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
04/16/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
06/04/2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories
07/16/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
Sep. 2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, Vol. 1
Sep. 2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, Vol. 2
Sep. 2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Nov. 2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
Nov. 2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s

Boxed Sets:

01/29/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *
04/16/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

04/02/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America
04/09/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
Sep. 2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life
Oct. 2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
Oct. 2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin

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* Reissue with a revised title.

116elenchus
Dec 28, 2018, 1:19pm Top

This prompts in me a question: what is the difference between a Main Series single-volume title and a Special single-volume title? I have in mind single-volume editions of work by a single author, like the Nancy Hale or Harold Bloom selections listed above. The distinction between a thematic edition (Great American Sports Page) issued under the Special rubric makes sense to me. What's not clear is why a single author would get a Special Publications edition and not a Main Series edition.

There are Main Series authors who receive a single volume treatment, am I right?

117Podras.
Dec 29, 2018, 11:19am Top

>116 elenchus: Yes, there are Main Series authors who receive a single volume treatment. To pick one at random, there is William Bartram's Travels and Other Writings, Main Series volume #84. The difference between that and the upcoming Harold Bloom volume is that LOA is committed to maintaining Main Series volumes perpetually in print, while other publications may be allowed go out of print. LOA's first Special Publication, Writing New York: A Literary Anthology, is one for which that happened. As to the reasoning behind the decision to canonize or not canonize, that is beyond my ken. May they choose ... wisely.

118elenchus
Dec 29, 2018, 1:37pm Top

That makes sense, actually, and aligns with the rights difficulties presented by a volume with multiple rights holders.

119Truett
Jan 1, 6:04am Top

elenchus: I was ruminating along the same lines. Although I know it's always a matter of "who you know" -- or, in the case of Those Who Decide, when choosing who makes the cut and who doesn't in the LOA, who knows you -- I still can't fathom why Wendell Berry was chosen for inclusion in the "permanent" line of LOA titles and Harlan Ellison was given a pass. Or, why Nancy Hale has been chosen for a special edition LOA title and Wilbur Daniel Steele has still been completely ignored (in my estimation, in both examples, the SECOND writer is the better, but the former was chosen by LOA -- likely because the people making the selection had predilections or prejudices).

When it comes to the LOA, ours is not to question why, but to give it a pass (I have, and will) or buy.
Thereby letting the almighty dollar register our delight or dismay in the choices made.

120Truett
Edited: Jan 2, 3:22am Top

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121Podras.
Jan 1, 2:08pm Top

>119 Truett: >120 Truett: Regarding Ellison, we don't know that LOA has given him a pass; only that nothing regarding him has thus far been announced. There are only so many publications they can do in a year, and there are lots of fine candidates out there that deserve recognition. It may simply be that Ellison's time hasn't yet come. I'm hopeful, but I'm also willing to wait.

122Truett
Jan 2, 3:21am Top

Podras: Thanks for that -- you're right, no telling what the status is on Ellison (but my confusion on his not getting LOA enshrined before Berry, still stands).

P.S. to ALL posters -- sorry for the double post HERE, too (the other was in the American SF vol 2 thread).

123Podras.
Jan 15, 5:05pm Top

In its printed mailing of New and Forthcoming Titles—2019 to subscribers, a previously unannounced author has been added to the list of main series volumes coming out this year; Constance Fenimore Woolson. A note also indicates that a second volume of Jean Stafford's works, Complete Stories & Other Writings will be released sometime in the future. While Amazon says that Herman Melville: Complete Poems will be coming out in July, LOA says it will be available in the Fall. Besides this discrepancy, there are a few changes to Amazon's projections of release dates, so as usual, treat all the dates below as tentative.

LOA's general availability date is used below when Amazon doesn't yet list the volume.

It is worth noting that before 2019, LOA released at most three non-series publications in any one calendar year. In 2019, six are being released. Could this be a reflection of a change in LOA's mission? David, is that something you can comment on?

Main Series Volumes:

02/05/2019-----Ann Petry: The Street, The Narrows & Other Writings
02/19/2019-----Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author’s Expanded Edition
05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
06/04/2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories
07/16/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1968-1969
Sep. 2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Nov. 2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
Nov. 2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
Late Fall 2019-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Stories

Boxed Sets:

02/12/2019-----Richard Wright: The Library of America Unexpurgated Edition (2 vols.) *
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

04/02/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America
04/09/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
Sep. 2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life
10/01/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
Oct. 2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin

--------------------------------------------------​

* Reissue with a revised title.

124euphorb
Jan 15, 5:29pm Top

>123 Podras.:

As usual, thank you, Podras, for this very useful update. I hadn't realized that this year would see as many as six special publications. Evidently that has not been at the expense of the main series, since there will be 13 main series volumes released this year. The most I recall seeing in any one year was 14, but more commonly there have been 11 or 12 (I think). When LOA started publishing in the early 1980s, their goal seemed to be 8 volumes per year, they they often fell short of that in subsequent years. It wasn't until well after 2000 that the number of main series volumes released per year began to exceed that. I am very encouraged that the number has now for some time been consistently well above the original per-year goal.

125elenchus
Jan 15, 7:37pm Top

>124 euphorb:

And thanks for the backstory on publishing history. Looking like a positive trend.

126Podras.
Jan 23, 2:17pm Top

Amazon now lists LOA's Ann Petry volume for a February 19 release.

127Mareino
Feb 19, 1:59pm Top

AMAZON now shows 10/15 availability for both the Peanuts and Bloom volumes

128Mareino
Mar 7, 10:15pm Top

Amazon shows the Burnett volume available on 9/17, the Didion on 10/29 and the Stafford on 11/19

129Podras.
Edited: Mar 25, 12:24am Top

Specific general release dates are now available from Amazon for all but the Woolson volume. There are also a few date changes from those previously announced.

Main Series Volumes:

05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
06/04/2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories
07/23/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/17/2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1968-1969
10/29/2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
11/19/2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
Late Fall 2019-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Stories

Boxed Sets:

05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

04/23/2019-----Walt Whitman Speaks: Late Reflections on Literature, Spirituality, and the Promise of America
04/30/2019-----The Great American Sports Page: A Century of Classic Columns
08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
10/01/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
10/15/2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin
10/22/2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

130Podras.
May 6, 11:46am Top

The general release date on Amazon for the Woolson volume is now available as noted below. It will be volume 327 of the main series. This completes the release dates for all of LOA's announced forthcoming volumes.* As Dr_Flanders noted on another thread, Amazon is also reporting the upcoming availability of a new John Updike volume, number 326 in the main series, John Updike: Novels 1968–1975, to be available Jan. 7, 2020, an auspicious start for the next new year. I'll include it in the lists below when LOA makes its official announcement.

Main Series Volumes:

05/07/2019-----Cornealius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1969–1990
05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: Essays 1993–2017
06/04/2019-----Booth Tarkington: Novels & Stories
07/23/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/17/2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1968-1969
10/29/2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
11/19/2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
02/04/2020-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Collected Stories

Boxed Sets:

05/21/2019-----Wendell Berry: What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry (1969-2017 (2 vols.)
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
10/01/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
10/15/2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin
10/22/2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

* LOA also publishes e-books and paperbacks containing subsets of main series volumes, but since I rarely see announcements of those, they are not covered here.

131Truett
Edited: Jun 17, 5:14am Top

TOOK the Liberty of cutting and pasting the usually updated list by Podras, since I saw some new announced dates on the Site That Shall Not Be Named (because they are greedy $%#%$ that are in it strictly for $$), the one named after a noble river.

Main Series Volumes:

07/23/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/17/2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966: The High Crusade, Way Station, Flowers For Algernon, ...And Call Me Conrad
09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction:Novels 1968-1969: Picnic On Paradise, Nova, Past Master, Emphyrio
10/29/2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
11/19/2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
01/20/2020-----John Updike: Novels 1968-1975 (Couples, Rabbit Redux, A Month of Sundays, & other writings)
02/04/2020-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Collected Stories
03/03/2020-----Robert Stone: Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach
03/10/2020-----American Birds: A Literary Companion

Boxed Sets:

09/24/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
10/01/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
10/15/2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Ursula K. Le Guin
10/22/2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

* LOA also publishes e-books and paperbacks containing subsets of main series volumes, but since I rarely see announcements of those, they are not covered here.

132Podras.
Jul 4, 9:57am Top

This update incorporates the recent Spring-Summer 2020 announcement of forthcoming books from LOA. There are also some date changes from those Amazon previously advertised and one title change. LOA appears to be continuing its increased number of annual special publication (non-main series) titles with three announced for 2020 through August.

Main Series Volumes:

08/27/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/17/2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
10/29/2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966
11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1968-1969
11/19/2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
01/07/2020-----John Updike: Novels: 1968–1975
02/04/2020-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Collected Stories
03/03/2020-----Robert Stone: Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach
May 2020-----Jonathan Schell: The Fate of the Earth, The Abolition, The Unconquerable World
May 2020-----Richard Hofstadter: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Uncollected Essays 1956–1965
Jun. 2020-----The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940s & 50s
Jul. 2020-----American Women’s Sufferage: Voices from the 200-Year Struggle for the Vote

Boxed Sets:

11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women *
09/24/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
10/15/2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Pynchon **
10/22/2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life
03/10/2020-----American Birds: A Literary Companion
Apr. 2020-----American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition
Aug. 2020-----American Democracy: 21 Historic Answers to 5 Crucial Questions

Paperbacks:

02/04/2020-----Albert Murray: The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy ***

* This is one of the rare LOA books whose contents are not reprints. It contains four original essays by women writers talking about their reactions to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and how it connects with their own lives.

** The originally reported title incorporated writers from Emerson to Le Guin.

*** This book, included in the Spring-Summer 2020 forthcoming books announcement, contains a subset of the contents of LOA's main series volume #284, Albert Murray: Collected Essays, & Memoires.

133Truett
Jul 25, 4:54am Top

Podras:

As always, thanks for keeping us all au courant on the pub. dates.
Can't wait to find out what will be included in the CLASSIC WESTERN NOVELS!

(Conversely, while I won't be purchasing it, I shudder to think who might be included
in the volume on American Conservatism -- especially since neo-conservatives these
days are anything but intellectual -- here's hoping guys like Hannity and O'Reilly didn't
make the cut out of a nod to popularity).

134Podras.
Edited: Jul 25, 12:01pm Top

>133 Truett: There are writings out there dating back to before the Revolutionary War in which "conservative thought" isn't an oxymoron. I doubt that Hannity and O'Reilly would be familiar with them, let alone be capable of contributing to them. I'm keeping an open mind about the American Conservatism volume until I see the table of contents. This is a just a guess, but I suspect that the decision to do it and the American Democracy volume may have been influenced by the decision to canonize Richard Hofstadter.

135Truett
Jul 26, 3:50am Top

Podras: You are 100 percent correct, sir (to be read in an "Ed McMahon" style voice)!

How-some-ever...it can't be denied that even the LOA occasionally has to bow down to the need for a certain amount of sales, non-profits be damned. And, because of that necessity, I'm pretty certain it was easier to sway opinions (which likely came 'round even quicker, after sales figures) towards things like including science fiction and the like in the LOA. And, while I don't know if the sales figures exonerated the decisions, I'd bet "one-offs" like THE FUTURE IS FEMALE and SHAKE IT UP and THE GREAT AMERICAN SPORTS PAGE (after religion, nothing sells like sports) -- not to mention the forthcoming, THE PEANUTS PAPERS -- were put together with at least one eye towards sales. (Maybe not. I've been wrong a few times in life.) And, at this moment in history -- in this current clime wherein the conservative Senate blithely ignores crimes against the state (by a certain orange-haired, cretin) while allowing foreign interference in elections, and nearly half the American population cheers and supports such behavior -- nonfiction books geared toward conservatives sell like deep-fried twinkies at a fairground in the Deep South (I spent a third of my life in the south, and have my share of southern roots on the paternal side, so I know what I'm talkin' 'bout, son).

Thus...my understandable worry that SOME form of the neo-conservative animal will be represented in the forthcoming book.
Hence, my disquietude regarding the publication of said tome.

Yours, in both reverence toward the past, and fear for our future,
Truett.

136Podras.
Jul 26, 11:10am Top

>135 Truett: DCloyceSmith has acknowledged that part of the objective of the non main-series volumes is to provide revenue to help support keeping the main-series volumes perpetually in print and fund the production of more of them. That said, I doubt very much that pandering has become part of LOA's business plan. It might be that some people who wouldn't otherwise consider buying any LOA title will be attracted to American Conservatism. Depending on the contents, those buyers might be exposed to ideas that don't get much air time these days and could possibly learn something from them.

137Truett
Jul 27, 7:52am Top

Podras: From your lips to Jefferson's ears. We'll find out eventually, right? Yours in mutual concern for education, enlightenment, and even-tempered discussions. Cheers!

138Mareino
Aug 4, 7:22pm Top

Revised release date for the Didion volume is November 12

139Podras.
Aug 5, 12:16pm Top

>138 Mareino: Thanks. I've confirmed that change and seen that all of the other release dates have remained the same.

>137 Truett: The American Conservatism volume now has a release date, April 7, 2020. The write-up on Amazon provides our first look at the contents which all date from 1900 and forward.

140Truett
Aug 5, 5:39pm Top

Podras: While a look at the first three names verified for inclusion -- Charles Beard, Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley -somewhat alleviates my worries (somewhat, because the full list isn't yet on display), it also saddens me. Bacevich, the editor, has proven to NOT be a typical military man (having grown up in and around, I'd know), mainly because of his outspoken concerns over "dubya's" actions.

But...Ronald Reagan? Reagan CLEARLY was never one of the great minds of our political system, and I suspect any thoughts attributed to him were likely filtered through the mind of a speech writer (it would be preferable to have the speech writer's name attached to the words, not Reagan's). But Reagan's name was/is put on the table of contents because, well -- it will pull in readers. Ipso-facto-presto, "pandering" (we ALL do it, even LOA). Also: William F. Buckley, Jr.? Good god (to quote a semi-liberal soul singer)! Buckley championed segregation and pushed back against civil rights!
I recall -- a recorded -- event in which he openly bashed Gore Vidal because of his sexuality. He used the homophobia because he was losing an argument about war (the Vietnam war, if memory serves). And Buckley was a typical chicken hawk, arguing FOR war when he avoided it (he joined the military in '43, then managed to NOT serve "overseas -- MY dad fought is underage way into the service in '45, and STILL managed to hit the Pacific theater -- don't get me started about guys like Jimmy Stewart, PROPER conservative Republicans). But, as we know, Buckley wrote several bestselling spy thrillers, managing a fairly successful career on the shaky ground of former military service and having been recruited by the CIA (a dubious distinction, as we all know these days -- Michael Scheuer, anyone?). I submit that a man who championed segregation, was openly and aggressively homophobic, and dodged real service in the last justifiably honorable American war is/was far from anything resembling an intellectual (the book purports to reclaim that tradition).
Ipso-facto-presto: pandering (cause Buckley is a serious icon amongst the backwards-thinking, quite often white, male, conservative crowd).

I'm afraid that even a peek at the possible contents and author list has already confirmed my suspicions regarding this forthcoming release. More's the pity, because, as you noted, there ARE proper, truly intellectual, conservative minds from which we can learn worthwhile things. Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, Jr., ain't them.

141kcshankd
Aug 5, 10:20pm Top

>140 Truett:

It is impossible to contemplate a history of 20th & 21st Century American Conservatism that doesn't revolve around Buckley and Reagan. I can't imagine who you think had a a greater impact.

Now I personally think they were wrong, but they captured a movement and have (unfortunately IMO) had tremendous influence on world events ever since.

142Truett
Aug 6, 4:26am Top

kcshankd: perhaps I should approach it from another angle (you seem to have missed the thrust of my dyspeptic reaction to the forthcoming tome on conservative thoughts and writings): The book is subtitled, RECLAIMING AN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION. Clearly, I can't equate intellectual thought with Buckley's stances on segregation and sexuality, and his hawkishness on war while (like G.W. Bush and Donald Trump) dodging the act of actually fighting for his nation. Nor do I believe Ronald Reagan to have been one of the great intellectuals of our time (granted, ALL Presidents have speechwriters, but a few of them throughout history -- Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy, and even a few more recent fellows -- have been capable of cogent thought and even soaring language (when delivering a speech, or when verbally jousting with the press or others, off the cuff). THOSE sorts of politicians and conservatives are worthy of inclusion in such a volume. Even if you overlook Reagan's inability for original thought -- as a governor or president -- the people with whom her surrounded himself (Edwin Meese, James Watt, William Bennett, Jeanne Kirkpatrick -- all truly odious human beings -- or Alexander Haig, Casper Weinberger, George P Schultz -- Nixon peeps -- Donald Regan, a BANK exec. in charge of the money!) proved both his character and his lack of intellectual depth (an intellectual THINKS, reflects, engages others not of like minds -- I submit that neither Buckley NOR Reagan were true intellectuals).

Perhaps the problem I have is with either subtitle -- the author shouldn't have aimed so high -- or, with the wide range the author wished to cover in this book. Because, and I know this will seem like an insult (it isn't: it's an observation), American conservatism in the latter part of the 20th century did NOT embrace intellectualism. In fact, starting around the time of McCarthy hearings -- just past the midpoint of that century -- Conservatives found that playing the fear card worked MUCH better than trying to engage people's minds. By the 1980s, the heyday of Ronald Reagan, they had a Presidential candidate who was brilliant at conjuring the right -- comforting -- images when given the right words, and who also knew how to play the fear card ("the evil empire", etc.) After the Reagan era, when American conservatives embraced things like their own propaganda network, frankly, things went downhill really fast. Thus, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Dr. Laura, Mitch McConnell, Dr. Laura, and on and on and on. Without a truly intellectual mind in sight (that, of course, covers mostly the political spectrum).

And, now, having done MORE than my share to derail what was and is supposed to be a thread devoted to keeping us au courant regarding the publication dates of various LOA tomes, I hereby swear to NOT spout off (no matter how tempted) about this subject anymore.

Apologies, Podras.

143Podras.
Edited: Aug 6, 10:19am Top

The American Conservatism volume and its contents are a worthwhile topic of discussion, and I suspect that there will be a lot more to say about it in the future, especially after it has been released. However you are right >142 Truett: in saying that comments would be better posted elsewhere. Perhaps someone could initiate another thread and open with a reprise of some of what has been said here. I should have anticipated the need for that myself. As for me, I plan on getting it when it comes out and will hold my peace until then.

144kcshankd
Aug 6, 10:00pm Top

>143 Podras.:

Agree, except I'm going to neither purchase it nor read it.

145geneg
Aug 7, 11:23am Top

>Podras i think Russell Kirk, a true conservative intellectual, should have a place in this volume. I'm not sure he shares the same school of political thought as either Nose-In-The-Air or Reagan.

146Podras.
Aug 14, 12:32pm Top

Since the last update to this list, there has been one date change (Joan Didion), and two more release dates (Richard Hofstadter and American Conservatism) have become available.

Main Series Volumes:

08/27/2019-----Herman Melville: Complete Poems
09/17/2019-----Francis Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1960-1966
11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Novels 1968-1969
11/12/2019-----Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s
11/19/2019-----Jean Stafford: Complete Novels
01/07/2020-----John Updike: Novels: 1968–1975
02/04/2020-----Constance Fenimore Woolson: Collected Stories
03/03/2020-----Robert Stone: Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach
May 2020-----Jonathan Schell: The Fate of the Earth, The Abolition, The Unconquerable World
05/052020-----Richard Hofstadter: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Uncollected Essays 1956–1965
Jun. 2020-----The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940s & 50s
Jul. 2020-----American Women’s Sufferage: Voices from the 200-Year Struggle for the Vote

Boxed Sets:

11/05/2019-----American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (2 vols.)

Special (Non-Main Series) Publications:

08/27/2019-----March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women *
09/24/2019-----Where the Light Falls: Selected Stories of Nancy Hale
10/15/2019-----Harold Bloom: The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Pynchon **
10/22/2019-----The Peanuts Papers: Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life ***
03/10/2020-----American Birds: A Literary Companion
04/07/2020-----American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition
Aug. 2020-----American Democracy: 21 Historic Answers to 5 Crucial Questions

Paperbacks:

02/04/2020-----Albert Murray: The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy ****



* This is one of the rare LOA books whose contents are not reprints. It contains four original essays by women writers talking about their reactions to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and how it connects with their own lives.

** The originally reported title incorporated writers from Emerson to Le Guin.

*** Some of the contents of The Peanuts Papers are reprints, but the bulk of the volume is new writing.

**** This book, included in the Spring-Summer 2020 forthcoming books announcement, contains a subset of the contents of LOA's main series volume #284, Albert Murray: Collected Essays, & Memoires.

147Podras.
Aug 15, 6:18pm Top

Just as a side note about the upcoming volumes listed in the last post, several are orderable by LOA subscribers now, and some of the non-main series volumes are available for immediate delivery.

Main-series volumes orderable now in slip cases (without dust covers) are the Melville, the Burnett, and the two American Science Fiction volumes, though not the boxed set.

Special publications available for ordering now are the March Sisters, Where the Light Falls, Harold Bloom, and The Peanuts Papers. All except the Harold Bloom volume are available for immediate delivery.

148elenchus
Edited: Aug 18, 3:28pm Top

Thanks for the update! Good to know about some titles available for immediate delivery. As it happens, my subscription titles (not already sent to me) have been out of stock for about a year. I'm on a quarterly subscription, so that means just 4 shipments have been skipped. Unfortunately, none of the above are on my list so I'll have to wait a bit longer. The Didion is one, however, so it shouldn't be much longer.

And I'm not complaining -- the budget can use the time to restock, as well. Plenty of titles on my shelves waiting to be read, too!

149kcshankd
Aug 18, 3:25pm Top

>147 Podras.:

Thank you for that, will be ordering The Peanut Papers shortly.

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