ASE'S at the Library of Congress

IN 1983, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress (LC) and its Executive Director, John Y. Cole, organized a series of events celebrating the 40th anniversary of Armed Services Editions. Activities at LC included an exhibition, a conference, and (a year later) a useful publication. In preparation for these festivities, Cole wrote to a number of writers whose works had appeared in ASE editions, asking them for their recollections about the project. The responses he received were varied.

Emily Kimbrough, co-author (with Cornelia Otis Skinner) of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, remembers receiving "heartwarming letters" from servicemen praising the ASE. Many ASE authors tell of similar experiences.