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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654291.001.0001

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The Idea of a Literary Review

The Idea of a Literary Review

T. S. Eliot and The Criterion

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(p.346) 14 The Idea of a Literary Review
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Jason Harding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654291.003.0021

This chapter examines the history of T. S. Eliot's literary magazine The Criterion. It presents a reading of the journal in the light of its exchanges with The Adelphi and The Calendar and, slightly later, with the Cambridge quarterly Scrutiny. Examining a wealth of archival material and private correspondence has enabled the reconstruction of hitherto neglected aspects of the magazine — for instance, matters of finance and circulation, Eliot's interpersonal relations with key contributors and with the editors of rival periodicals — all of which helped to shape editorial policy and ultimately the distinctive identity of the magazine. The Criterion also provides crucial information about Eliot's gradual estrangement from experimental modernism.

Keywords:   literary magazines, periodicals, The Adelphi, The Calendar, Scrutiny, modernism

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