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Robert S. Allen
Horizon was launched in September 1958--published by American Horizon, a subsidiary of the American Heritage Publishing Company. Like its sister publication, American Heritage,* Horizon was published in hard copy for nineteen years, situations unique in modern American periodical publishing. Horizon was intended to be a periodical that would not be discarded after being read but would instead be proudly placed on the family bookshelf to be consulted in the future as a reference book or as a standard work. Its frame of reference was far broader than historically oriented American Heritage:
Culture, the concern of this new magazine, is both achievement and dream, a work of the hands and a movement of the spirit. . . . Culture is art and ideas, past and present, taken in sum as a guide to life. . . . Culture, finally, is a birthright which we all inherit, the heritage man carries with him on his earthly voyage. 1
The Horizon title and logo are noteworthy too; with "Horizon" being chosen because "it is here where earth and sky meet, that one may observe those jagged interruptions in the landscape that are the works of man." The ship of the logo is the caravel from Pieter Bruegheler's painting The Fall of Icarus.
More specifically, Horizon was established to be a tool for self-improvement or self-education, a "guide to the house of culture, with its thousands of rooms." Finally, the editors elaborate on the "house of culture": "those aspects of life peculiar to high civilization--to art and ideas; to the study of man and nature; to letters; to manners and customs; and, in the long view, to political and scientific subjects as they affect civilized man." However, even though the conspectus may sound much like a humanities curriculum, it is not without some limitations: "the great concern of Horizon will be with our own civilization, Modern Western Variety." But this is not to say that its purview was limited to Western art. In