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The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture
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The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

Jared Gardner


A transatlantic literary form that refused to break with British cultural models and genealogy, the early American magazine had at its center the anonymous authority of the editor and a porous distinction between reader and author. Esteemed subscribers were treated as magnets to attract other subscribers, and subscribers were prompted to become contributors, giving these early American publications the appearance of public forums. This book reexamines these publications and their reach to show how magazine culture was a multivocal, as opposed to novel, culture. The book describes how those who ... More

Keywords: American magazine, magazine subscribers, magazine contributors, novels, literary culture, American literary history, magazine culture, reading, writing, American print culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036705
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Gardner, author