Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals Criticism: Overviews, Chronology, And Development - Essay

Frank Luther Mott (essay date 1930)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mott, Frank Luther. “General Periodicals in the Era of Expansion.” In A History of American Magazines: 1741-1850, pp. 339-74. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1930.

[In the following excerpt, Mott surveys developments in the American periodical from 1825 to mid-century, with special focus on women's magazines and literary weeklies.]


The years immediately following 1825 were epochal in practically all fields of endeavor in most of Europe and America. From the accession of Charles X to the French throne in 1824 events ran on rapidly to the revolution of 1830; Belgium achieved her...

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James Playsted Wood (essay date 1949)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wood, James Playsted. “Innovation and Expansion in Coverage,” “Magazines as a Weapon against Political Corruption,” and “Emergence of the National Magazine.” In Magazines in the United States: Their Social and Economic Influence, pp. 75-89, 90-98, 99-104. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1949.

[In the following excerpt, Wood concentrates on changes in American magazine publishing between 1850 and the 1870s as national concepts of audience, literature, and social responsibility began to coalesce in the United States.]


The editors and publishers of early general magazines might look with...

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John Tebbel (essay date 1969)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Tebbel, John. “How the General Magazines Began” and “Periodicals as a Political Platform.” In The American Magazine: A Compact History, pp. 47-65. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1969.

[In the following excerpt, Tebbel recounts the rise of the general magazine between 1825 and 1850 and the importance of new periodicals as forums for political debate during this period.]


The year 1825 was a turning point in both Europe and America. Abroad there was a rising wave of revolutionary movement in many countries, and a strong tide of reform was running. Change was the order of the day. It was also the primary...

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Kimball King (essay date 1973)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: King, Kimball. “Local Color and the Rise of the American Magazine.” In Essays Mostly on Periodical Publishing in America: A Collection in Honor of Clarence Gohdes, edited by James Woodress, pp. 121-33. Durham: Duke University Press, 1973.

[In the following essay, King discusses the post-Civil War growth of local color fiction in the pages of American magazines.]

The emergence of the American magazine after the Civil War provided for many young writers access to the reading public and afforded them the opportunity and encouragement necessary for their development. Also the more established authors were in a better position to negotiate publication of...

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John Tebbel and Mary Ellen Zuckerman (essay date 1991)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Tebbel, John, and Mary Ellen Zuckerman. “Rise of the General Magazines” and “The Magazine as a Political and Cultural Influence.” In The Magazine in America: 1741-1990, pp. 8-13, 14-26. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

[In the following excerpt, Tebbel and Zuckerman highlight the ascent of general magazines in post-1825 America. The critics focus on the political impact of new periodicals such as Harper's and the Atlantic at mid-century.]


As the nineteenth century began, there was a new energy in the business of making magazines. Old problems remained, but they were not as...

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