Magazine Writing and the New Literature

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He writer of this volume has had two objects in view: First, to show the intimate relations of periodical to general literature, as to authorship and aim; secondly, to present certain characteristic features of a new life and literature, beginning two generations ago, with the emergence, in the natural course of evolution, of the distinctively modern psychical era.

These two objects are closely associated, as periodical literature has, from its earliest to its latest period, not only reflected, but has had a large share in initiating, the successive variations in the general evolution. Our consideration, therefore, while it is not a methodically planned treatise, has a certain unity of purpose. It is limited to the imaginative faculty and sensibility as manifest in the very modern life and literature of England and America, with only such allusions to other races and periods as help to show from what fashions of an older order our modernity is a departure. It is the editor who speaks throughout, but mainly from his experience and observation in the open field here chosen, with . . .

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