Easton Press- Masterpieces of American Literature
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1 American Literature A Fable Faulkner, William 1954 ********
2 American Literature A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers Thoreau, Henry David 1849
3 American Literature American Indian Legends Macfarlan, Alan
4 American Literature An American Tragedy Dreiser, Theodore 1925
5 American Literature Ben-Hur Wallace, Lew 1880
6 American Literature Billy Budd and Benito Cereno Melville, Herman 1892
7 American Literature Cape Cod Thoreau, Henry David 1865
8 American Literature Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Poe, Edgar Allan
9 American Literature Concord Hymn (and other selected poems) Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1837
10 American Literature Daisy Miller James, Henry 1879
11 American Literature Diedrich Knickerbocker's History of New York Irving, Washington
12 American Literature For Whom the Bell Tolls Hemingway, Ernest 1940 ********
13 American Literature From Here to Eternity Jones, James 1951 ********
14 American Literature Gone with the Wind - Volume 1 Mitchell, Margaret 1936 ********
15 American Literature Gone with the Wind - Volume 2 Mitchell, Margaret 1936
16 American Literature House of Mirth Wharton, Edith 1905
17 American Literature Innocents Abroad Twain, Mark 1869
18 American Literature Lewis and Clark: Jounals of the Expedition (2V) ********
19 American Literature Life on the Mississippi Twain, Mark 1883
20 American Literature Literary Writings Abraham Lincoln Lincoln, Abraham
21 American Literature Little Men Alcott, Louisa May 1871 ********
22 American Literature Looking Backward 2000-1887 Bellamy, Edward 1888
23 American Literature Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Crane, Stephan 1893
24 American Literature Man Without a Country Hale, Edward Everett 1863
25 American Literature Monsieur Beaucaire Tarkington, Booth 1900
26 American Literature Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym Poe, Edgar Allan 1838
27 American Literature Old Creole Days Cable, George Washington 1879
28 American Literature Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas Melville, Herman 1847
29 American Literature Poems of Emily Dickinson Dickinson, Emily
30 American Literature Poems of Longfellow Longfellow, Henry W.
31 American Literature Poems of Whittier Whittier, John Greenleaf 1874
32 American Literature Poems of William Cullen Bryant Bryant, William Cullen
33 American Literature Poor Richard's Almanac Franklin, Benjamin 1732
34 American Literature Pudd'nhead Wilson Twain, Mark 1894
35 American Literature Rip Van Winkle and other Stories Irving, Washington 1819
36 American Literature Sister Carrie Dreiser, Theodore 1900
37 American Literature Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon Irving, Washington 1819
38 American Literature Tales of Soldiers and Civilians Bierce, Ambrose 1891
39 American Literature Tales of the Gold Rush Harte, Bret
40 American Literature The Ambassadors James, Henry 1903 ********
41 American Literature The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table Holmes, Oliver W. 1858
42 American Literature The Bridge of San Luis Rey Wilder, Thornton 1927 ********
43 American Literature The Bridges at Toko-Ri Michener, James 1953 ********
44 American Literature The Call of the Wild London, Jack 1903
45 American Literature The Deerslayer Cooper, James Fenimore 1841
46 American Literature The House of the Seven Gables Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1851
47 American Literature The Jungle Sinclair, Upton 1906
48 American Literature The Notorious Jumping Frog Twain, Mark 1865
49 American Literature The Oregon Trail Parkman, Francis 1849
50 American Literature The Pathfinder Cooper, James Fenimore 1840
51 American Literature The Prairie Cooper, James Fenimore 1827
52 American Literature The Spy Cooper, James Fenimore 1821
53 American Literature The Stories of O. Henry Henry, O 1904
54 American Literature Turn of the Screw James, Henry 1898
55 American Literature Twice Told Tales Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1837
56 American Literature Two Years Before the Mast Dana, Richard Henry 1840
57 American Literature Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life Melville, Herman 1846
58 American Literature Uncle Remus Harris, Chandler 1881
59 American Literature Up from Slavery Washington, Booker T. 1901
60 American Literature Virginian Wister, Owen 1902
61 American Literature Washington Square James, Henry 1880
62 American Literature White Fang London, Jack 1906
63 American Literature Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyon Untermeyer, Louis 1946
64 American Literature Writings of Thomas Jefferson Jefferson, Thomas
There seems to be some overlap with both Great Books of the 20th Century and 100 Greatest books, so perhaps that is why it is less known. Perhaps it was less subscribed to. But this is pure speculation.
Ahh, I recall the bi-centennial. That was a fun year. The fire hydrants in my town were painted red, white, and blue.
Back to scratching.
Over the years I have paid a reseller more than the EP price on two different books, to only find out shortly after, that EP was still selling them for less 🤨
Fortunately it wasn’t much. I always call them first now before I buy a book that I “think” is out of print.
Failure to inform customers whether a book is:
(a) out of print permanently;
(b) out of stock, will be reprinted soon; or
(c) out of stock, might be reprinted eventually
can cause customers to spend too much on the secondary market while depriving EP of a possible future sale.
While I have *a lot* of EP books, the 'Masterpieces of American Literature' was one series I did not collect. This was because so many of these were available in the Limited Editions Club edition, which I also collect. So no need to overlap. Also the Franklin Library also put out very, very nice leather editions of American literature, which I also collected.
So i only have 1 book marked as part of the Materpieces of American Literature series. It is Sister Carrie by Dreiser. I took out my book and it seems to differ from yours. 1) it has the silk moire endpapers, not paper endpapers and 2) it does *not* state that it is on 'bonded leather'. It appears to match the production values of the other EP sets.
So if other folks have books from this collection with paper endpapers, perhaps they could check to see if they have that 'bonded leather' note as well. I am curious as to why EP would have done this. I am also glad it seems to have been a short lived experiment of sorts.
Could be some of EP's earliest work. Note how the spine doesn't even have the characteristic "E/P" logo. 1969 would be about when (just after) EP bought the rights to Heritage Press' text blocks, too.
I think all of my original (i.e., not recent) Masterpieces of Science Fiction that didn't crossover into anything more mainstream like the 100 Greatest Series had non-marbled paper endpapers. Military History, and one or two others were like that, too, I think.
It's bits of leather scraps merged together via some form of pressure with chemical agent to make a larger piece of leather. It's still technically leather, just not a premium kind.
Luis Rey with name plates present but no logo on title page. I think this practice also occurred in the 20th Century series as well. I’m not sure anyone else is following this but I thought it was interesting.
EP also published 2-volume editions of Chesapeake, Hawaii, Centennial, The Source, Texas, Alaska, Covenant, and Space that were not part of any series. Each volume has a color frontispiece and several b&w illustrations. These were quite a treat for Michener fans like me.
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