The Knickerbocker Group Knickerbocker Periodicals - Essay

Knickerbocker Periodicals

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

William Irving, James Kirke Paulding, and Washington Irving

SOURCE: "Publisher's Notice. Shakespeare Gallery, New York. Saturday, January 24, 1807," in Salmagundi; or, The Whimwhams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., and Others, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1860.

[In this 1807 preface to the Knickerbockers' magazine Salmagundi (reprinted in book form in 1860) the editors display the wit and playfulness characteristic of the writing in that magazine and indicative of the spirit of cultured amusement in which the editors wished it to be regarded by their reading public]

As everybody knows, or ought to know, what a Salmagund is, we shall...

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