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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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Modernism and the Quality Magazines

Modernism and the Quality Magazines

Vanity Fair (1914–36); American Mercury (1924–81); New Yorker (1925– ); Esquire (1933– )

(p.176) 7 Modernism and the Quality Magazines
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Faye Hammill

Karen Leick

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines four magazines — Vanity Fair, American Mercury,New Yorker, and Esquire — that engaged with modernism in varying ways. Vanity Fair showcased modernist art and literature and was prepared to print challenging poetry and controversial paintings, but these images and texts appeared alongside celebrity portraits and cartoons. Esquire published many stories and essays by leading modernist authors, but eschewed radically experimental work and presented a distinctly gendered version of modernism. The American Mercury concentrated on American writing and was a particularly important outlet for Harlem Renaissance authors, while the New Yorker discussed, reviewed, and parodied modernists rather than publishing their work.

Keywords:   American magazine, modernist magazine, Vanity Fair, American Mercury, New Yorker, Esquire, modernism, literature, Harlem Renaissance, American writing

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