Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals Criticism: Regional Periodicals - Essay

Jay B. Hubbell (essay date 1935)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hubbell, Jay B. “Southern Magazines.” In Culture in the South, edited by W. T. Couch, pp. 159-82. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1935.

[In the following essay, Hubbell documents the history of magazine publication in the nineteenth-century American South.]

Not until the better American magazines were threatened with extinction did their history receive any considerable attention from our scholars. Frank Luther Mott's A History of American Magazines, 1741-1850 was not published until 1930. In that year I learned that one of the oldest and best of the New York magazines was losing twenty-five thousand dollars a year. Some of the...

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Sanford E. Marovitz (essay date May 1975)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Marovitz, Sanford E. “Romance or Realism? Western Periodical Literature: 1893-1902.” Western American Literature 10, no. 1 (May 1975): 45-58.

[In the following essay, Marovitz assesses western-themed popular literature that appeared in four late nineteenth-century American periodicals.]

Two kinds of American fiction flourished during the decade preceding the publication of Owen Wister's The Virginian and Andy Adams' The Log of a Cowboy in 1902 and 1903 respectively, but the peak of one had already passed, and the heyday of the other was yet to come. The Virginian—with its idealized cowboy hero and schoolmarm heroine, its unredeemable...

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David Tomlinson (essay date fall 1975)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Tomlinson, David. “Simms's Monthly Magazine: the Southern and Western Monthly Magazine and Review.The Southern Literary Journal 8, no. 1 (fall 1975): 95-125.

[In the following essay, Tomlinson recounts the editorial agenda and brief publication history of Simm's Monthly Magazine, edited by the well-known southern writer William Gilmore Simms.]


Early in November 1844, William Gilmore Simms accepted the editorship of a proposed new magazine from Burges and James, the Charleston publishers. In spite of his misgivings about the name the owners had chosen for the periodical—“Simms's Southern Monthly”—the editor...

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Judith H. Bonner (essay date winter 1989)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bonner, Judith H. “Art and Letters: An Illustrated Periodical of Nineteenth-Century New Orleans.” Southern Quarterly 27, no. 2 (winter 1989): 59-76.

[In the following essay, Bonner discusses the brief lifespan of the New Orleans periodical Arts and Letters.]

Early experiments in periodical publishing during the settlement of New Orleans were no more than newspaper reporting, avocational and inelegant in style.1 Reportage was limited to foreign affairs, marine traffic, election news and advertising. After 1830 topics expanded to include national and local affairs, and by way of literary endeavors, occasionally there were poems. After 1840...

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