American Literary Magazines: The Twentieth Century

Hardcover | August 1, 1992

EditorEdward E. Chielens

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The history of modern American literature is inextricably tied to the history of the literary magazine. The literary magazines of the 20th century, most of them known as "littles" because of small budgets and circulation, number in the thousands. Some, like the venerable New Yorker, have enjoyed wide circulation for well over half a century; most others, like The Fugitive, were regional and/or experimental and short-lived. Of these thousands, Chielens has selected 76 of the most significant for description and analysis in individual historical essays. An additional 100 magazines are briefly profiled in an appendix.

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The history of modern American literature is inextricably tied to the history of the literary magazine. The literary magazines of the 20th century, most of them known as "littles" because of small budgets and circulation, number in the thousands. Some, like the venerable New Yorker, have enjoyed wide circulation for well over half a ce...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.64 × 6.41 × 1.57 inPublished:August 1, 1992Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:031323986X

ISBN - 13:9780313239861

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?Chielens has edited numerous excellent publications on literary journals including the companion volume, American Literary Magazines: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (CH, Feb '87). There are many indexes, directories, and bibliographies devoted to American literary magazines, but fewer evaluative histories like Chielens's. This follows the format of the earlier volume, offering signed essays on the major journals of the period that "most influenced the development of American literature" either through primary publication or "promoting groups of writers and new schools of literature." . . . Titles treated include defunct publications such as Broom, Double Dealer, and Twice a Year, and very active publications such as American Poetry Review, Paris Review, and Sulfur. The essays describe the founding and editorial history of each journal, examine its reputation and influence, note significant contributions, and compare it to similar journals. . . . A "Publication History" follows the bibliographies, providing, e.g., title changes, years of publication, frequency, and names of editors. . . . Useful general index of authors, titles, and subjects. Highly recommended.?-Choice