By Ellery Sedgwick
How the main revered literary periodical of its time balanced "high" tradition with average liberalism
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Still admired by many for its intellectual integrity, it was praised more than read. It was widely considered old-fashioned and stolidly highbrow, particularly in contrast not only with the illustrated quality monthlies like the Century, now achieving circulations over 200,000, but even more with the newer, cheaper, advertising-based, mass-circulation magazines of the nineties such as McClure's and Ladies' Home Journal, which quickly achieved circulation near a half-million. Literary production was now much more geographically diverse; the national center of gravity in publishing, and to an extent in intellectual life, had moved to New York, leaving Boston to eulogize its past.
1857) , New England--Intellectual life. A7S43 1994eb ddc : 051 subject : Atlantic monthly (Boston, Mass. : 1857) , New England--Intellectual life. Page iii The Atlantic Monthly 1857-1909 Yankee Humanism at High Tide and Ebb Ellery Sedgwick University of Massachusetts Press Amherst Page iv Copyright © 1994 by University of Massachusetts Press All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America LC 93-34629 ISBN 0-87023-919-8 Designed by David Ford Set in Adobe Minion by Keystone Typesetting, Inc.
I have tried to supply a balanced analysis of the canonical scope, accomplishments, and limitations of high literary culture as represented by the Atlantic and to suggest the range of ideas and values to which it exposed educated middle-class readers. The Atlantic was founded in 1857 by Francis Underwood, an assistant to the publisher Moses Phillips, and a group of New England writers including Emerson, Holmes, Lowell, and Stowe. Its founders wished to expand the market for the publication, distribution, and recognition of the relatively new American literary culture, particularly that which had developed in and around Boston during the Page 4 New England renaissance.
The Atlantic monthly, 1857-1909: Yankee humanism at high tide and ebb by Ellery Sedgwick