American Literary Magazines

Overview

The history of modern American literature is inextricably tied to the history of the literary magazine. Conversely, in the individual histories of these magazines can be gleaned highlights of literary activity and insights on the writers and editors in the forefront. The literary magazines of the twentieth century, most of them known as littles because of small budgets and circulation and short lives, number in the thousands. Some, like the venerable New Yorker, have enjoyed wide circulation for well over half a ...

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Overview

The history of modern American literature is inextricably tied to the history of the literary magazine. Conversely, in the individual histories of these magazines can be gleaned highlights of literary activity and insights on the writers and editors in the forefront. The literary magazines of the twentieth century, most of them known as littles because of small budgets and circulation and short lives, number in the thousands. Some, like the venerable New Yorker, have enjoyed wide circulation for well over half a century; others, like The Fugitive, published in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1920s, were regional and/or experimental and short-lived. Of these thousands, editor Edward E. Chielens has selected seventy-six of the most significant for description and analysis in individual historical essays. An additional one hundred magazines are briefly profiled in an appendix. Forty-three scholars and writers contributed to this volume.

Following the pattern established in Chielens's earlier complementary volume, American Literary Magazines: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, the magazine essays also provide appended data on information sources and publishing history. The volume introduction discusses the characteristics of different types of literary magazines in the twentieth century and their sponsoring organizations or individuals as well as the influence on their development of leading literary figures such as Ezra Pound and H. L. Mencken. This discussion is bolstered by a chronological appendix to the volume presenting highlights in the history of literary magazines in the perspective of events in literary history. An additional appendix provides a directory of major collections of literary magazines in the United States and Canada with descriptions of their holdings.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This companion volume to American Literary Magazines: The 18th and 19th Centuries (Greenwood, 1986) offers histories of 76 literary magazines. The entries, by 43 noteworthy contributors, highlight major influences on this century's literary scene. Each profile includes a bibliography, list of reprint sources, locations of existing runs, and indexing information. Three appendixes follow the alphabetically arranged entries: the first briefly describes 100 magazines that did not merit full profiles; the second, a chronology, juxtaposes the history of the magazines with social and literary events of the time; and the third analyzes 28 American and Canadian ``little magazine'' collections. This volume provides a wealth of information on America's literary-historical development, complete with excellent documentation for the researcher. This book is strongly recommended, along with its companion volume, for collections of American literary history and criticism.--Marie F. Jones, Muskingum Coll. Lib., New Concord, Ohio
Booknews
This second volume of a two-volume reference (the first, published by Greenwood Press in 1986, covers 18th- and 19th-century magazines) profiles 76 magazines that were edited by or published the work of important literary figures, or exemplify important types of magazines, such as regional or politically radical magazines. Each profile includes a bibliographical section. An additional 100 magazines are briefly profiled in an appendix. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

EDWARD E. CHIELENS is Chair of the English Division at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Profiles of American Literary Magazines, 1900-present

Appendix A: Minor Literary Magazines

Appendix B: A Chronology of Social and Literary Events and American Literary Magazines, 1900-1990

Appendix C: The Archives: An Analysis of Little

Magazine Collections in the United States and Canada

Index

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