American Mass-Market Magazines

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publishing, or perusing it. The paper and print are very poor, and the literary matter is not worth criticism" (p. 317).

The Federal American Monthly ceased publication with the October 1865 number, and Old Knick's thirty-two-year history came to an end. By the 1860s, "Knickerbocker Literature" had become a dismissive term for the colonial and pre-Civil War past. But in retrospect, any magazine that could boast of having published "in a single number articles from Irving, Cooper, Bryant, Halleck, Longfellow, Whittier, Street, General Cass, and the 'American in Paris' [Sanderson]" has earned a place of respect in the history of American literature. 29


Notes
1.
Washington Irving, A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty . . . Being the Only Authentic History of the Time that Ever Hath or Ever Will be Published. By Dietrich Knickerbocker, 2 vols. ( New York and Philadelphia: Inskeep and Bradford, 1809).
2.
Frank Luther Mott, A History of American Magazines, vol. 1, 1741-1850 ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1966-1968), p. 606.
3.
[ J. R. Dennett], "Knickerbocker Literature," Nation, 5 December 1867, p. 460- 61.
4.
Herman Everette Spivey, "The Knickerbocker Magazine, 1833-1865: A Study of Its History, Contents, and Significance" (Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina, 1938), pp. 9-10.
5.
Knickerbocker, February 1859, pp. 193-200.
6.
John Ervin Kirkpatrick, Timothy Flint: Pioneer, Missionary Author, Editor, 1780- 1840 ( Columbus, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark, 1911), pp. 206-15, 310.
7.
Editor's Table, Knickerbocker, April 1834, p. 320; see also Clark "Editorial Narrative," Knickerbocker, February 1859, pp. 193-200.
8.
Irving Garwood, American Periodicals from 1850 to 1860 ( Macomb, Ill.: Western Illinois State Teachers College, 1931), p. 64.
9.
Mott, pp. 609-10.
10.
Spivey, p. 389.
11.
Knickerbocker, March 1859, pp. 420-24; Mott, pp. 274-75.
12.
Spivey, pp. 142-44.
14.
Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV, "The Knickerbocker," in American Literary Magazines: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, ed. Edward E. Chielens ( New York: Greenwood Press, 1986), pp. 190-91.
15.
Mott, p. 424.
17.
Fisher, pp. 191-92.
18.
Mott, p. 610; [Dennett], p. 460.
19.
Spivey, p. 58.
21.
Editor's Table, Knickerbocker, September 1855, p. 310; Spivey, pp. 62-63.
22.
Spivey, p. 382.

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