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(1890–1930),

monthly magazine, grew beyond its original purpose of chronicling New York society; under the editorship of Willard Huntington Wright (1913–14), its primary purpose was “to provide lively entertainment for minds that are not primitive.” Although the circulation was far greater than that of the average little magazine, its gaiety, vitality, and aesthetic credo were akin to the traits of this type of publication. Wright attracted new and stimulating American authors, and was also the first American editor to publish periodical contributions by such authors as George Moore, D.H. Lawrence, Joyce, D'Annunzio, and Ford Madox Ford. In 1914 Mencken and Nathan assumed joint editorship, and, although their policy was somewhat less stirring during the World War, after 1918 they continued Wright's vigorous policy, beginning such satirical departments as that of “Americana,” which baited what they called the “booboisie.” They also published the early writings of Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.W. Krutch, and Lewis Mumford. When the magazine was purchased by Hearst (1924), new editors and a more conventional policy were introduced.

Subjects: Literature.


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