Spanning over 1,000 rare, unique, and first issues of books from the finest American authors of the 20th century and beyond, the FOS Foundation intends to be the permanent home of the most definitive collection of American literature ever assembled.
In his 43-year quest to build the definitive assemblage of Pulitzer works, bibliophile and literary historian Larry James Gianakos acquired first printing copies of winners of the Pulitzer Prize from 1916-2015, the eminent literary awards in the United States.
The Collection now contains at least one US first printing and first state copy of all Pulitzer Prize-winning works awarded across its six literary categories since the inception of the Prize, including even seminal American masterpieces like To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind.
Many of these copies are invaluable, one-of-a-kind pieces, with author signatures and inscriptions, have a numbered designation as part of a limited run, or contain attending letters and other materials belonging to the authors themselves.
In June, 2015, Mr. Gianakos generously donated his ownership share of the Collection to the FOS Foundation. The Foundation is negotiating to acquire the outstanding ownership share from a financial backer who provided funds to Mr. Gianakos during the later years of his efforts.
The FOS Foundation acquisition of the Gianakos-SaFOS Collection will ensure the preservation and protection of this singularly unique and irreplaceable assemblage of Pulitzer Prize winning literature and enable the continued opportunity for the Collection to include future recognized works in perpetuity.