Author Intros Written Especially
for Modern Library Editions

Over the years, a number of authors wrote special introductions or prefaces to go with the new Modern Library editions of their work. These introductions are especially important to completest collectors of individual authors as well as to ML collectors.

Sometimes the intros were just a page or two contributing little to the work, while other times the intros went on for quite a space and made a significant contribution to the edition. My favorite is the brief but illuminating introduction that Hammett wrote for the Maltese Falcon, in which he explains the source of the characters.

Toledano's guide notes many of these unique introductions, marking them as "A -ML" in the Comments column. He misses about a dozen of them. (He also misidentifies the intro to Wodehouse, but this is clearly a typo.)

The following charts list the ML editions 1917-1970 with special intros, forewords, prefaces, and/or epilogues. If you know of any that I've missed, please e-mail me.



Anderson, Sherwood Poor White
Buck, Perl (1944 edition) The Good Earth
Caldwell, Erskine God's Little Acre
Tobacco Road
Cabell, James Jurgen
Dos Passos The 42nd Parallel
Three Soldiers
Douglas, Norman Old Calabria
South Wind
Ellis, Havelock The Dance of Life
Fast, Howard The Unvanquished
Faulkner, William Sanctuary
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
Forester, C.S. TheAfrican Queen
Frost, Robert The Poems of Robert Frost
Gunther, John Death Be Not Proud
Hammett, Dashiell The Maltese Falcon
Hellman, Lillian Four Plays
Six Plays
Hersey, John A Bell for Adano
Jeffers, Robinson The Roan Stallion
Kent, Rockwell Wilderness
Marquand, I.P. The Late George Apley
Maugham, W. Somerset Cakes and Ale
Mead, Margaret Coming of Age in Samoa
Michener, James Selected Writings
Morley, Christopher Human Being
Newton, A. Edward Amenities of Book Collecting
Odets, Clifford Six Plays
O'Hara, John Appointment in Samarra
Porter, Katherine Anne Flowering Judas
Russell, Bertrand Selected Papers
Saroyan, William Daring Young Man...
Schulberg, Budd What Makes Sammy Run?
Shaw, Irwin Selected Short Stories
Sheean, Vincent A Personal History
Snow, C.P. Red Star Over China (epilogue)
Steinbeck, John Tortilla Flat
Stewart, George Storm
Stone, Irving Lust for Life
Updike, John Poorhouse Fair/Rabbitt, Run
Walpole, Horace Fortitude
Warren, Robert Penn All the King's Men
Wodehouse, P.G. Selected Stories
Woolf, Virginia Mrs. Dalloway


 Brockway/Weinstock World of Opera
 Farrell, James Studs Lonigan
 Lewisohn, Ludwig Story of American Literature
 Spaeth, Sigmund Great Orchestral Music *
 Strachey, John Coming Struggle for Power
* Book commissioned for Modern Library