LARB Classics series is a line of forgotten Los Angeles and California literature, re-contextualized for a modern audience with introductions by contemporary Los Angeles authors. The first offering is A Stab in the Dark, the earliest Chicano text yet discovered, written by a reporter from Mexico while he lived and worked in Los Angeles in the 1910s and early 1920s. Forthcoming titles include The Girl From Hollywood by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Merton of the Movies, by Harry Leon Wilson — which Gertrude Stein said was her favorite novel of the 1920s — and Souls for Sale by Rupert Hughes. Many of the Classics will be “genre” books, or book by genre authors. LARB Classics aims to illuminate and celebrate the literary culture of Los Angeles, informing our understanding of LA as an intellectual city and literary legacy.