The Independent Reflector, Or, Weekly Essays on Sundry Important Subjects, More Particularly Adapted to the Province of New-York

The Independent Reflector, Or, Weekly Essays on Sundry Important Subjects, More Particularly Adapted to the Province of New-York

The Independent Reflector, Or, Weekly Essays on Sundry Important Subjects, More Particularly Adapted to the Province of New-York

The Independent Reflector, Or, Weekly Essays on Sundry Important Subjects, More Particularly Adapted to the Province of New-York

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The appearance of the Independent Reflector on November 30, 1752, should have created a stir in colonial New York. Until then, the province had never had a periodical publication other than its regular newspapers; it would not have another until 1787. The Reflector gave New York City a kind of literary parity with Philadelphia and Boston, which had entered the magazinepublishing field about ten years earlier. Since the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts experiments had failed, New York, with the Reflector (and the other journals it sired), was for the time the center of periodical-publishing in the English colonies of North America. The preëminence was to endure for five years: in 1757 Philadelphia made a second attempt to produce a literary periodical. The distinction of the Independent Reflector, however, lay not merely in its priority of publication but in its style, its content, and its impact on the political, religious, and educational history of New York.

Strictly speaking, the Reflector was not a magazine in the eighteenth-century sense. To its English originators and its American imitators, a magazine was literally a "storehouse" or "miscellany" of writings sometimes original but more often excerpted from from' other publications. It was a Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, Prose and Poetical--the self-characterization of the Philadelphia American Museum; or a collection of "curious and entertaining pieces in Prose and Verses,... the . . .

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