10 most popular 2013 'Stories of the Week' from Library of America(Read article summary)
The Library of America sends a Story of the Week to its e-mail subscribers. The most popular story of 2013 was Hawthorne's 'John Englefield's Thanksgiving,' a story in which an unexpected guest gives a blacksmith a surprising holiday.
Although itâs not likely to get as much attention as the Oscar race or the Golden Globes, the Library of America has just celebrated an awards event of its own that might attract a little applause from readers.
Weâre talking about the LOAâs Top 10 List of the most popular âStories of the Weekâ from 2013, its recap of the superstars in its regular online feature for the publisherâs fan base.
Founded in 1979, the Library of America is a nonprofit publisher that produces definitive editions of the works of the nationâs classic writers. Its signature product line â elegant, hand-stitched volumes covered in distinctive, black-and-white dust jackets â has become a fixture of literary class.
In its more than three decades of operation, LOA has published landmark anthologies of literary luminaries as varied as Mark Twain, Ring Lardner, and James Baldwin â in short, the pantheon of American literature.
But in recent years, LOA has been making a special effort to broaden its audience of readers with an aggressive online outreach. That effort includes âStory of the Week,â a free feature in which e-mail subscribers sample a story or essay from an LOA author every seven days.
Recently, LOA released its most popular âStory of the Weekâ features from the past 12 months, and an eclectic list it is.
Among the honorees are Kate Chopin, whose short story âAthenaiseâ chronicles a newly married woman who seeks her brotherâs help in escaping her unhappy union; Eudora Weltyâs âPetrified Man,â a darkly comic tale involving a traveling sideshow; and âReminiscences of Abraham Lincoln,â in which Frederick Douglass recalls the Great Emancipator.
The No. 1 âStory of the Weekâ for 2013 was âJohn Inglefieldâs Thanksgiving,â a curious holiday narrative by Nathaniel Hawthorne in which an unexpected guest brings a few surprises to the household of a village blacksmith.
Readers can check out a complete list of LOAâs Top 10 âStories of the Weekâ here.
Readers can subscribe to âStory of the Weekâ here.
Danny Heitman, a columnist for The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana, is the author of âA Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House.â