Among the missing

Ambrose Bierce making it to the Library of America? About time.

Bitter Bierce is one of seven authors mentioned in the current LoA newsletter as being the focus of a book either planned or currently in production. The others are Thomas Wolfe, Sherwood Anderson, William Styron, John Adams, Jack Kerouac and H.L. Mencken.

Cool. The LoA also unveiled the titles chosen for its inaugural Philip K. Dick edition, and I’m happy to see I guessed correctly: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, The Man in the High Castle and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. Jonathan Lethem chose well. PKD wrote too much and too quickly to be consistently good, much less great, but if someone were to approach me and ask for a book that captured the essence of the man’s work, I’d name one of these.

The pending volume’s subtitle — Four Novels of the 1960s — suggests we’ll see a 1970s volume somewhere down the line. In that case, I expect to see VALISA Scanner Darkly, The Divine Invasion and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Mark my words. 

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