Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals Criticism: Literary Periodicals - Essay

Frank Luther Mott (essay date 1938)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mott, Frank Luther. “Literary Types and Judgments” and “Literary Phases of Postbellum Magazines.” In A History of American Magazines: 1850-1865, pp. 157-87; 223-74. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1938.

[In the following excerpts, Mott evaluates the literature and literary criticism that appeared in American magazines from 1850 through the 1880s.]


“Next to that of Germany, the reading circle of the United States is the most extensive in the world,” asserted the editor of Putnam's Monthly in 1856. “There are more writers in France, and better writing in England, no doubt, than among...

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Lewis P. Simpson (essay date 1973)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Simpson, Lewis P. “Poe's Vision of His Ideal Magazine.” In The Man of Letters in New England and the South: Essays on the History of the Literary Vocation in America, pp. 131-49. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973.

[In the following essay, Simpson probes Edgar Allan Poe's attempts to establish a viable literary magazine in mid nineteenth-century America.]

“Touching ‘The Stylus’:—this is the one great purpose of my literary life.”

Poe to Philip Pendleton Cooke, 1846

Let us begin somewhat indirectly by looking at two pictures. One is the daguerreotype...

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James W. Mathews (essay date 1974)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mathews, James W. “Hawthorne and the Periodical Tale: From Popular Lore to Art.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 68, no. 2 (1974): 149-62.

[In the following essay, Mathews considers Nathaniel Hawthorne's awareness of the American magazine-reading public in composing his short stories.]

Nathaniel Hawthorne's frustrations in publishing his first short stories have been amply documented by such early biographers as Lathrop and Bridge and by more recent scholars Nelson F. Adkins and Seymour Gross.1 Their consensus is that most of Hawthorne's difficulty resulted from his necessity to utilize periodicals, with a resultant reduction of...

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