Magazine article The Antioch Review

Preamble and Statement of Principles: The Association of Literary Magazines of America

Magazine article The Antioch Review

Preamble and Statement of Principles: The Association of Literary Magazines of America

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Volume 21, Number 4 Winter 1961-62

RESOLVED, that we form an association, the purpose of which is to increase the usefulness and the prestige of the literary magazines in the United States and Canada.

Other cultural organizations--art museums, symphony orchestras, little theater groups, and liberal arts colleges--have had, and presumably will continue to have, public and private support, but the magazines devoted to the publication of literature have been supported, when at all, only spasmodically, since they are thought, and wrongly, to be private enterprises created for commercial ends. It will be the purpose of this organization to combat this climate of opinion, and therefore to strengthen the economic condition of the magazines as a group and, accordingly, their capabilities. Thus, the association will work to secure outside financial help for the magazines from individuals, foundations, and other organizations; it will undertake to meet collectively the grave problems of distribution and promotion which the magazines face; it will serve to exchange information between the magazines and to meet other common problems of the group. To these ends it is now dedicated. Its members will meet at least once a year, and a permanent central office will be established.

It is a well-known historical fact that American literature since 1910 would not have survived in its present variety and vigor without these magazines. Almost without exception, all the distinguished modern writers in America started their careers in them--writers such as Faulkner, Frost, Sandburg, Eliot, Hemingway, Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, and Robert Lowell, as well as scores of younger writers now emerging into prominence. …

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