The Sewanee Review

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The Sewanee Review 
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Discipline Literature
Edited by Adam Ross
Publication details
Publication history
Standard abbreviations
Sewanee Rev.
ISSN 0037-3052  (print)
1934-421X  (web)
JSTOR 00373052
OCLC  no. 1936968

The Sewanee Review is an American literary magazine established in 1892. It is the oldest continuously published quarterly in the United States. [1] It publishes original fiction and poetry, essays, reviews, and literary criticism.

Literary magazine periodical devoted to literature

A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. Literary magazines usually publish short stories, poetry, and essays, along with literary criticism, book reviews, biographical profiles of authors, interviews and letters. Literary magazines are often called literary journals, or little magazines, terms intended to contrast them with larger, commercial magazines.



The Sewanee Review was established in 1892 by William Peterfield Trent as a magazine "devoted to reviews of leading books and to papers on such topics of general Theology, Philosophy, History, Political Science, and Literature as require further treatment than they receive in specialist publications." [2] Telfair Hodgson took on the financial risks for the venture; as its managing editor he handled advertising and accounting, freeing Trent to concentrate on the magazine's literary content. [3] Trent remained editor-in-chief of the review until 1900.

William Peterfield Trent, LL.D., D.C.L. was an American academic and the author/editor of many books. He was a professor of English literature at Sewanee: The University of the South and Columbia University. While at Sewanee, he founded the Sewanee Review in 1892, a literary journal that continues to operate.

Telfair Hodgson

Telfair Hodgson was an American Episcopal priest and academic administrator. He was the dean of the Theological Department at Sewanee: The University of the South from 1878 to 1893, and vice chancellor from 1879 to 1890. He was a co-founder and the managing editor of The Sewanee Review.

A managing editor (ME) is a senior member of a publication's management team. Typically, the managing editor reports directly to the editor in chief and oversees all aspects of the publication.

After a number of short-term editors, George Herbert Clarke took over in 1920. Clarke was the first editor to publish poetry. Clarke remained editor until 1926 and was succeeded by William S. Knickerbocker, who published the first piece of fiction in the magazine.

In 1942, Tudor Seymour Long became editor, with Andrew Nelson Lytle serving as managing editor and Allen Tate as an advisory editor and de facto editor until 1944. In 1944, when Tate took over as editor, he and Lytle revolutionized the magazine's place in American letters.[ citation needed ] It focused on New Criticism, alongside Cleanth Brooks's Southern Review and John Crowe Ransom's The Kenyon Review . Tate also had the magazine redesigned by P. J. Conkwright, who crafted the distinctive blue cover and design. [4]

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Allen Tate American poet, essayist and social commentator

John Orley Allen Tate, known professionally as Allen Tate, was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate from 1943 to 1944.

When Tate's editorship ended in 1946, John E. Palmer became editor. He was followed by Monroe K. Spears in 1952 and then Andrew Lytle again in 1965. George Core succeeded Lytle in 1973. [2] After 43 years as editor, Core retired in 2016, and the novelist Adam Ross was appointed to succeed him. [5] Early in Ross's tenure, the cover was redesigned by graphic artists Oliver Munday and Peter Mendelsund, the associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf. This marked the magazine's first new cover in over 70 years. [6]

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Alfred A. Knopf American publishing house

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. is a New York publishing house that was founded by Alfred A. Knopf Sr. and Blanche Knopf in 1915. Blanche and Alfred traveled abroad regularly and were known for publishing European, Asian, and Latin American writers in addition to leading American literary trends. It was acquired by Random House in 1960, which was later acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998, and is now part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. The Knopf publishing house is associated with its borzoi colophon, which was designed by co-founder Blanche Knopf in 1925.

Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry

The review gives the annual Aiken Taylor Award, a prize of $10,000, begun in 1985 by the physician and poet K. P. A. Taylor in honor of his brother Conrad Aiken. Winners of the award, which has often been given to poets otherwise unaffiliated with the review, have included Howard Nemerov, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, W. S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wendell Berry, Maxine Kumin, Carolyn Kizer, X. J. Kennedy, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Grace Schulman, Henry S. Taylor, B. H. Fairchild, Anne Stevenson, Donald Hall, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Christian Wiman, Mary Ruefle, Heather McHugh, and Carl Phillips. [7]

The Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry is an annual prize, administered by the Sewanee Review and the University of the South, awarded to a writer who has had a substantial and distinguished career. It was established through a bequest by Dr. K.P.A. Taylor, a poet and younger brother of Conrad Aiken.

Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet

Conrad Potter Aiken was an American writer, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play, and an autobiography.

Howard Nemerov Poet

Howard Nemerov was an American poet. He was twice Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, from 1963 to 1964 and again from 1988 to 1990. For The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977), he won the National Book Award for Poetry, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Bollingen Prize.

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  2. 1 2 Jon Meecham. "Above the moment: The Review at Sewanee still bright at age 100". The Chattanooga Times, October 29, 1992.
  3. Henneman, John Bell (October 1902), "Ten Years of the Sewanee Review: A Retrospect", The Sewanee Review, 10 (4): 477–492, JSTOR   27530519
  4. "Behind the Scenes: Redesigning the Cover of the Sewanee Review". The Sewanee Review. February 27, 2015. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. "Ross Named Editor of Sewanee Review" Archived 2016-09-19 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. "Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry"
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