Date of this Version
Newsletter of the Association for Documentary Editing, Volume 4, Number 4, December 1982. ISSN 0196-7134
The spring 1982 publication of the first four volumes of The Library of America (Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Whitman) inaugurated a series that is expected to produce and keep permanently in print more than one hundred volumes. Four more volumes (Mark Twain, Howells, and two of Jack London) will have appeared by the time this account is published. These volumes are the initial concrete expression of a movement dating from the late 1940s and early 1950s to collect, preserve, publish, and disseminate widely the best texts of classic American writings.