Is Your Collection Missing the Literary Arts Series?
Begun in 1979, the Literary Arts Series honors “skillful wordsmiths [who’ve] spun our favorite tales – and American history along with them.” Now you can own all 31 Literary Arts stamps issued through 2016 in one convenient set. You’ll save time and money over ordering individual stamps…
The Literary Arts Series
The first stamp in the Literary Arts Series honored John Steinbeck and was issued on what would have been his 77th birthday. It was issued at the John Steinbeck Public Library in Salinas, California.
The first several issues in the series followed a similar design format as the Steinbeck issue. They were vertically oriented with the author’s name across the top and the denomination on the bottom.
The 1990 stamp featuring Marianne Moore was the first in the series to include additional biographical information. Her stamp included the phrase “American Poet” as well as the years of her birth and death, 1887-1972.
In 1991, the William Saroyan stamp was the first in the series to feature a horizontal design. That stamp was also part of a joint issue with the Soviet Union. On the same day, the stamps were issued in Fresno, California, and Saroyan’s birthplace, Yerevan, Armenia (which was a republic of the Soviet Union at the time).
The design of the 1994 James Thurber stamp was also quite different from previous issues. While all of the previous stamps in the series were intricate paintings or engravings or were based on photos, Thurber’s portrait was a simple line drawing. This was because it was one of Thurber’s own self-portraits, which was used at his daughter’s request.
This is your chance to get an instant collection of stamps honoring some of America’s most notable authors. Send for yours today.
Other honorees in the series include:
Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Tennessee Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thornton Wilder, Stephen Vincent Benet, Ayn Rand, Thomas Wolfe, Ogden Nash, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Moss Hart, Robert Penn Warren, Katherine Anne Porter, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Richard Wright, Julia de Burgos, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O'Connor, and Henry James.