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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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Poetry: a Magazine of Verse (1912–36), ‘Biggest of Little Magazines’1

Poetry: a Magazine of Verse (1912–36), ‘Biggest of Little Magazines’1

(p.40) 1 Poetry: a Magazine of Verse (1912–36), ‘Biggest of Little Magazines’1
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Helen Carr

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, one of the best known of ‘little magazines’ of literary modernism, perhaps the one that encapsulates the centrality of small magazines in modernism's formation and dissemination. Founded in Chicago in 1912 by Harriet Monroe, and acquiring for its first six years the dynamic if combustible services of Ezra Pound as foreign correspondent, it devoted itself to promoting what Monroe described as the ‘new poetry’. During its early years it published a range of young, experimental, and often soon to be well-known poets from both sides of the Atlantic, including all the major modernist poets, frequently playing an invaluable role in their emergence and success as writers.

Keywords:   American magazine, modernist magazine, periodical, literary modernism, Harriet Monroe, Ezra Pound, new poetry, modernist poets

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