SOME MISCELLANEOUS TYPES OF LITERARY PERIODICALS
Before 1750, no English periodical was devoted wholly to drama and the theatre, although many newspapers, essay sheets, and miscellanies, from the 1690's on, gave some of their space to such concerns. King William's edicts against the corruption of the stage, in 1697 and 1698, were followed by increasing efforts to criticise and evaluate stage productions. The Moderator of 1692, Miscellaneous Letters of 1694, and Tutchin Observator of 1702 contained early observations on current plays. Steele Theatre of 1720 and the Prompter of 1734 were, in spite of their titles, chiefly journals of general interest. The Grub Street Journal of 1730- 1737 contained a great deal of dramatic criticism. But the theatrical periodical as a specialized publication did not first appear until 1751, and then as a monthly miscellany.
One number only remains to show the pretentious beginning made in this year by the Dramatic Censor, "being remarks on the conduct, characters and catastrophe of our most celebrated plays." Dedicated fulsomely to Garrick, its eighty pages were taken up with an article by Samuel Derrick on Venice Preserved and observations on the performances then to be seen on the London stage. A second number was promised, to contain Richard III as altered by Cibber, but no second number has been preserved. Among succeeding miscellanies, the ThespianMagazine and Literary Repository