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The foremost literary journal of the day founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1840. Spanning 1896-1943, often referred to as the golden years of American book publishing, Books of the Month was harvested from 500 monthly issues bound in 42 annual catalogs that passed into the public domain in the 1970s. Imprinted with the name of individual booksellers who paid The Dial. 100,000 trade book titles for adults. 60,000 brief descriptions. 3,000 review snippets. 6,000 forthcoming books. 14,000 original ads.