On the whole, this anthology, along with igniting discussions about sins of omission, will make for entertaining browsing.
The Unknown Kerouac is good for the advancement of Kerouac scholarship, but the book hardly justifies, for the average reader, its price and size.
The Library of America volumes of Virgil Thomson’s writings will help reestablish him as one of the 20th century’s preeminent musical scribes.
Library of America’s anthology War No More explores a distinctively American tradition of antimilitarism.
The Library of America has done its part to applaud Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday with a handsome 3-volume set of his plays.
The hope is that general readers and scholars will realize a more rounded comprehension of Jack Kerouac.
In The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition, H. L. Mencken comes off as a marvelously mellowed master, his trademark savagery smoothed over, its energy focused on generating a pungently picturesque vision of a vanished America.
“Americans have been most drawn to the great tragedies—in our classroom and on our stages. “
“Bernard Malamud is the great sentence-maker, the great craftsman, and the sheer quality of those sentences has never perhaps been given its complete due.”
In a way, this collection of hip writing, a “literary mixtape,” is the ultimate embodiment of the vision of the Hipster-as-Curator.