Spring 1947 • Vol. IX No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 1947 |

Editors in Person: Little Magazines

Since we have been invited to effect a rapprochement between historical scholarship and the literary magazine, let me quote this: It remained for the 19th Century, with the critical writing of Jeffrey, Scott, Hazlitt, Macaulay, Carlyle, Lamb, and a hundred others, to elevate the substantial Review to a position of foremost literary importance and influence. And this (from the same book, Walter Graham's English Literary Periodicals): They [The Edinburgh Review and The Quarterly Review] dominated the 19th Century. Their religious, political, and critical opinions found assent in the minds of thousands of readers; their magisterial finality quieted the doubts of generations. With honest conviction, the English squire told Tennyson's father that the Quarterly was "the next book to God's Bible." The critical importance of these Reviews waned as scores of more specialized magazines and literary journals entered the field. Their literary values have always been subordinated

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