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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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‘Little … Only with Some Qualification’: The Beats and Beat ‘Little Magazines’

‘Little … Only with Some Qualification’: The Beats and Beat ‘Little Magazines’

Neurotica (1948–52); The Ark (1947); Ark II Moby I (1956); Ark III (1957); Black Mountain Review (1957); Evergreen Review (1957–9); Chicago Review (1958); Big Table (1959–65); Kulchur (1960–5); and Yugen (1958–62)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

R. J. Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a comprehensive search for the quintessential Beat magazine. The core Beats — Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky — rarely undertook any editing, other than of their own work. However, despite their failure to engage centrally with the field of ‘little magazine’ editing and publishing, the Beats' role in the history of ‘little magazine’ culture after the Second World War should not be underestimated. Their influence on the composite textualities of ‘little magazine’ writing was actually seminal, even if only Yugen ended up looking anything like an American Beat ‘little magazine’.

Keywords:   American magazine, periodical, American poetry, poet, Beat magazine, little magazine, Yugen

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