The Common Review

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The Common Review
TypeQuarterly literary journal
Owner(s) Great Books Foundation
EditorDaniel Born
Danny Postel
FoundedFall 2001
Ceased publicationFall/Winter 2011 (print)
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
United States

The Common Review is the online literary magazine of the Great Books Foundation. [1]

The Great Books Foundation, incorporated in the state of Illinois and based in Chicago, is an independent, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to help people think and share ideas. Toward this end, the Foundation publishes collections of classic and modern literature as part of a continuum of reading and discussion programs for children and adults. The foundation has two main programs: Junior Great Books, serving students in kindergarten through high school, and Great Books Discussion for college students, continuing education, and Great Books book groups. The organization derives its income from the sale of books, teacher professional development fees, contributions, and grants.


History and profile

The Common Review was started as a quarterly publication in Fall 2001. [2] The founder was the former Great Books Foundation president Peter Temes. [2] The magazine specializes in nonfiction essays and articles "about the books and ideas that matter", [3] as well as reviews of new books, letters, and editorials.

Daniel Born was the launching editor of the magazine. [2] He served in the post until the Fall 2010 issue when Danny Postel was named new editor. [4] Jason A. Smith was managing editor from 2001 until 2008, when he became editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters [5] . Some of the notable writers and poets featured in the magazine have included Gerald Graff, Nat Hentoff, Phillip Lopate, Joseph Epstein, Carl Rakosi, David Sloan Wilson, Julia Kasdorf, and Michael Bérubé.

Gerald Graff is a professor of English and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Chicago in 1959 and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University in 1963. He has taught at the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, the University of California at Irvine and at Berkeley, as well as Ohio State University, Washington University, and the University of Chicago. He has been teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2000.

Nat Hentoff American music critic

Nathan Irving Hentoff was an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media. Hentoff was a columnist for The Village Voice from 1958 to 2009. Following his departure from The Village Voice, Hentoff became a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, continued writing his music column for The Wall Street Journal, which published his works until his death. He often wrote on First Amendment issues, vigorously defending the freedom of the press.

Phillip Lopate American writer

Phillip Lopate is an American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher. He is the younger brother of radio host Leonard Lopate.

The magazine has been twice nominated for the Utne Independent Press Awards, in 2003 (Arts/Literary coverage), and in 2006 ("Best Writing").[ citation needed ] The magazine ended the print quarterly edition with the Fall/Winter 2011 issue and went on online. [1]

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  2. 1 2 3 Jerome Ludwig (May 15, 2003). "Who're You Calling Stodgy?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
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