Writers and Friends (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Writers and Friends is Edward Weeks’s memoir of his career as the ninth editor of The Atlantic, one of the country’s most distinguished and long-lived journals. Weeks’s tenure as editor, the second longest in the magazine’s history, spanned the years from 1938 to 1966 and more than three hundred issues of the magazine. Writers and Friends chronicles Weeks’s efforts during those years to increase The Atlantic’s circulation and to maintain its reputation as a thoughtful journal of national opinion and world literature. A demonstration of his assertion, at the outset, that editing is the “friendliest of professions,” the memoir is also a gallery of deftly drawn portraits of friends who are writers and writers who are friends.
Aware that The Atlantic was born out of a response to important issues, and knowing that the magazine was liveliest when the country was aroused, Weeks assumed the position of editor-in-chief when The Atlantic was barely solvent, when the country was still in the Depression, and when war was looming in Europe. Weeks’s task was to improve the financial condition of the magazine while at the same time making it a vital force, addressing issues of national and international scope. Just as The Atlantic had engaged the issues of Darwinism and the abolition of slavery when it was founded in 1857, Weeks, during his tenure as editor, sought out the best writing on...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
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