- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.
- 6 x 9 inches
- 2 volumes, hardcover, dust jacket
- 1028 pages
- ISBN: 9781584562528
Price: $125.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 96683
First edition. During the years of the Great Depression and the decades that followed, works of American regional writing became increasingly popular. The thirteen series highlighted in this book were published from 1938 to 1980 and contain 163 titles, providing a broad representation of series Americana published during this span. Taken together, the series constitute a unique and compelling self-portrait of America, encompassing the American people, their history and culture, and the nation's natural treasures-its mountains, plains, and lakes-over a broad sweep of time measured in centuries. Other aspects of America-landmarks, seaports, forts, trails, folkways, customs, society in America, and even regional murders-are also subjects of these series. "Series Americana" continued to fill in the national self-portrait that began with the publication of state guide series by
the Federal Writers Project of the WPA (1937--1942), and continued with the Rivers of America series (1937--1974).
Each of the thirteen sections contains an introduction and publishing history, brief biographical sketches of the series editors, authors, and illustrators, a precise bibliographical description of the first edition/first printing of each title in the series, a tabulation of the number of reprints, and a listing of other works by the book's author. There are 242 biographical sketches altogether. With this wealth of relevant information, the books in these series function as guides to the regions or subjects they address. Much of the information presented about these books and their publishers, editors, and authors, has never before been assembled in an organized and usable format. This book will help preserve the memory of the talented American men and women who contributed to these series.
Carol Fitzgerald is the author of The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography (Oak Knoll Press, 2001). A longtime book collector, she has co-curated several exhibits of books and ephemera from her personal collections of Americana. She is a member of The Grolier Club, the Book Club of California, and the Fontaneda Society and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, Jean.
Published in association with the Center for the Book, Library of Congress.