Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 182
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 182

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
Page 182
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^ f/fie. V ^ ^ · A limited edition collection of the one hundred greatest books written by American authors. · Each book to be luxuriously bound in the finest leather and ornamented in 22 karat gold. · The collection available by direct subscription only. · Subscription deadline: July 31, 1976. S INCE- THE B E G I N N I N G OF OUR NATION, American authors have created a heritage of great literature distinctive and unmatched in all the world. These monumental works have not only brought untold enjoyment and enrichment to every generation of Americans-but have actually helped to shape the very course of our nation. Now, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the United States, the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration-established by Act of Congress to aid in the observance of the Bicentennial-has resolved to select the 100 greatest of all works of American literature, as an appropriate tribute to the vital role American writing has played in the development of our nation. To accomplish this significant undertaking, the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration invited leading universities in all 50 states and the U.S. territories to submit nominations. Literature of every variety was to be included-thc greatest novels and short stories, the most distinguished biographies, the finest drama and poetry. And the most important works of nonfiction including State papers, works of history, politics, philosophy, science. These masterpieces would span the entire period of American history, from colonial times to the most brilliant writings of the 20th century. The sole criterion would be that the authors of these great works be Americans. From universities in every state and territory, the nominations (lowed in. Fach university's nominations were

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