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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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Standards of Criticism

Standards of Criticism

The Calendar of Modern Letters (1925–7)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

John Lucas

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of the The Calendar of Modern Letters (1925–7). The journal is known for its combativeness as an organ of informed criticism. Its regular ‘Scrutinies’, in which well-known authors and their work were submitted to often devastating critical enquiry, not only attracted the admiring attention of younger writers, but also led F. R. Leavis to adopt the name Scrutiny for his own journal in 1932. Thirty years later, Leavis remarked that this title was consciously chosen ‘as a salute and a gesture of acknowledgement — an assertion of a kind of continuity of life with The Calendar’. To understand this ‘life’ requires an account of the early career of Edgell Rickword, who was undoubtedly the journal's presiding genius.

Keywords:   literary magazines, periodicals, F. R. Leavis, Edgell Rickword

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