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The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture$
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Jared Gardner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036705

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036705.001.0001

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The American Magazine in the Early National Period

The American Magazine in the Early National Period

Readers, Correspondents, and Contributors

(p.103) Chapter Three The American Magazine in the Early National Period
The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture

Jared Gardner

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the demographics of the early magazine readers as well as reader contributions to these magazines. It emphasizes how deeply collaborative and interactive the periodical space was meant to be, and how very much it worked to collapse the distance between author and reader and create a space where both could converse as equals, overseen by the careful guidance of the editor. Moreover, while magazines would trumpet testimonial letters from high-profile subscribers such as Washington or Adams, the chapter reveals that the range of magazine subscribers during this period are far more complex than mere subscriber lists would reveal alone. to conclude, the chapter also looks into the periodical career of Joseph Dennie, an individual who in many ways was not temperamentally suited to the anonymity, neutrality, and cacophony of the form.

Keywords:   magazine readers, reader participation, reader contributions, periodical space, magazine subscribers, Joseph Dennie, magazine format

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