Back Forthcoming from Library of America: Fall 2018

A modern young adult classic and all seven of its sequels, dramatic tales of intrigue and romance in the American Revolution, a thrilling collection of groundbreaking science fiction stories by women, a major anthology on an essential American art form, and vivid firsthand historical writings are all part of Library of America’s offerings for the latter part of this year. Browse the list below for information about contents and publication dates, and scroll further down for a more detailed description of each new title.


Madeleine L’Engle
The Kairos Novels (Two volumes)
Leonard S. Marcus, editor
Volume One: The Wrinkle in Time Quartet
A Wrinkle in TimeA Wind in the DoorA Swiftly Tilting PlanetMany Waters
Library of America #309 / ISBN 978-159853-578-5
Volume Two: The Polly O’Keefe Quartet
The Arm of the StarfishDragons in the WatersA House Like a LotusAn Acceptable Time
Library of America #310 / ISBN 978-159853-579-2
Boxed set: ISBN 978-159853-577-8
September 2018

John Updike
Novels 1959‒1965
The Poorhouse FairRabbit, RunThe CentaurOf the Farm
Christopher Carduff, editor
Library of America #311 / ISBN 978-159853-581-5
September 2018

James Fenimore Cooper
Two Novels of the American Revolution
The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral GroundLionel Lincoln; or, The Leaguer of Boston
Alan Taylor, editor
Library of America #312 / ISBN 978-1-59853-582-2
November 2018


The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
Lisa Yaszek, editor
ISBN 978-1-59853-580-8
September 2018

Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology
Mindy Aloff, editor / Foreword by Robert Gottlieb
ISBN 978-1-59853-584-6
October 2018

My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife
Introduction by Ron Chernow
ISBN 978-1-59853-589-1
October 2018


The Essential Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches and Writings
Bernard Bailyn and Robert J. Allison, editors
ISBN 978-1-59853-583-9
September 2018


William Faulkner: The Complete Novels (five volumes)
Joseph Blotner and Noel Polk, editors
ISBN 978-1-59853-591-4
October 2018

A beloved twentieth-century author enters the Library of America series with Madeleine L’Engle: The Kairos Novels, a deluxe two-volume set that brings together for the first time all eight novels in the Kairos sequence in time for the L’Engle centenary on November 29, 2018 (and six months after the release of Ava DuVernay’s widely anticipated movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time). This edition presents a newly corrected authoritative text of A Wrinkle in Time based on research in the author’s archives, along with never-before-seen deleted material from L’Engle’s classic novel.

Library of America’s multi-volume edition of John Updike’s novels begins with the four early works in which he mined his impressions of growing up in small-town Pennsylvania and established himself as one of the major new figures on the postwar literary scene. Novels 1959‒1965 includes the career-defining Rabbit, Run (1960), which introduced Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman whose exploits Updike chronicled in three more volumes spanning thirty years, as well as The Centaur (1963), a father-son tragicomedy that mixes memory and myth and won the 1964 National Book Award. As a special feature an appendix presents seven nonfiction pieces—introductions, speeches, memoirs—in which Updike elaborates on the composition and themes of these four books.

America’s first great novelist—and a foundational figure in the Library of America series—returns with James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution. In The Spy (1821), set largely in the “Neutral Ground” of New York’s Westchester County, Cooper traces the conflicting allegiances of rebels and loyalists, with the suspected loyalist spy Harvey Birch (actually in the service of George Washington) finding himself caught between friendship and duty as he moves between warring armies. Cooper continued in the same vein with Lionel Lincoln (1825), a carefully researched panorama of the revolution’s beginning, set against the backdrop of the battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. With the hero a native-born American serving in the British Army, issues of loyalty again complicate and intensify Cooper’s detailed historical recreation.

The most comprehensive collection of classic American women’s science fiction ever assembled, The Future is Female! Women’s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave presents twenty-six thrilling stories by such visionary women writers as Judith Merrill, Leigh Brackett, Joanna Russ, and James Tiptree, Jr., among others. Lisa Yaszek, widely recognized as a leading authority on classic women’s science fiction and one of its most persuasive advocates, edits and introduces this landmark collection, one that may permanently alter perceptions of the genre. A companion website launching in Summer 2018 will explore the origins and evolution of women’s science fiction in America through exclusive commentary, original illustrations and jacket art, film and video clips, rediscovered interviews and essays.

A celebration of how dance took on fresh life with new, vital, and distinctly American forms, Dance in America reveals the equally rich tradition of American dance writing and uncovers many hard-to-find texts, as well as pieces newly transcribed or newly revised for this volume, including unpublished work by Claudia Roth Pierpont and Mark Morris. A remarkable array of writers—from dancers and dance creators to critics and enthusiastic observers—not only trace the evolution of ballet and modern dance but also explore the influence and significance of African American and Native American traditions and vernacular dance through the centuries. Editor Mindy Aloff is a past president of the Dance Critics Association and the author of several books on dance as well as the editor of Agnes de Mille’s Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World (2011).

Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War’s greatest general, is celebrated as the author of perhaps the greatest military autobiography ever written, yet many readers of his Personal Memoirs are unaware that during his army years Grant wrote scores of intimate and revealing letters to his wife, Julia Dent Grant. Presented with an introduction by acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow, My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife collects more than eighty of these letters, beginning with the couple’s engagement in 1844 and ending with the Union victory in 1865. They record Grant’s first experience under fire in the Mexican War, the aching homesickness that led him to resign from the peacetime army, and his rapid rise to high command during the Civil War. Grant’s wartime letters both vividly capture the immediacy and uncertainty of that war and help to humanize a still-frequently misunderstood historical figure.

A special paperback release, The Essential Debate on the Constitution invites general readers to rediscover the dramatic original debates—on presidential power, religious liberty, foreign corruption, and more—that still shape American society and politics today. More than sixty newspaper articles, pamphlets, speeches, and private letters written or delivered during the ratification debate—including all the key Federalist essays— are presented in chronological order; familiar figures such as James Madison, Patrick Henry, and Alexander Hamilton appear along with dozens of lesser-known but equally engaged and passionate participants, including insightful Antifederalists such as “Brutus” and the “Federal Farmer.” Edited with an introduction and commentary by
historians Bernard Bailyn and Robert J. Allison, the collection highlights arguments about the dangers of unchecked presidential power and the remedy of impeachment, the proper role of the Supreme Court, the menace of foreign corruption, and the persistent challenge of making representative government work in a large and diverse nation.

Finally, a handsome new boxed-set edition of William Faulkner’s complete novels—all in the authoritative, unexpurgated texts prepared by Noel Polk and Joseph Blotner—rounds out Library of America’s Fall 2018 offerings.

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