During the latter half of the 19th-century, literary magazines flourished in America. Young writers enjoying their first important publication stand shoulder to shoulder with established writers in magazine issues that are so rich with original material that they often resemble anthologies. Perhaps even more significantly, editors and reviewers doggedly plied their trade of evaluating and criticizing promising new volumes, analyzing trends and movements, and recording the rise and fall of reputations. The Literary Index is the result of combing 11 prominent American literary magazines for every reference to all major and hundreds of minor writers and their works that appeared on the American literary scene in the second half of the 19th century. Brought to light are tens of thousands of references to writers, works, and issues that have never been studied before. This rich source of material drawn from all sections of the magazines--original works, articles, reviews, gossip columns, and correspondence, provides unprecedented access to information on the receptions of major works, the comings and goings of writers and obscure works. The 700 author entries are arranged alphabetically and include citations for some 7000 titles. In addition, there are exhaustive and comprehensive lists of citations for general subjects such as the novel, poetry, drama and theater, American literature, Darwinism, and women, as well as a section on the century-long battle over the passage of an international copyright law. Every aspect of the literary world of late 19th-century America is represented, making this volume an indispensable reference work for scholars.