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The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850   By: (1863-1907)

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In "The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850," Albert Henry Smyth takes readers on an insightful journey through the rich history of Philadelphia's magazines and the talented individuals who shaped them. Though lacking a catchy title, the book proves to be a valuable resource for both historians and enthusiasts eager to delve into the city's vibrant publishing landscape.

Smyth's meticulous research is evident throughout the book, as he chronicles the emergence and growth of Philadelphia's magazine culture. From the earliest magazine, "The American Magazine" established in 1741, to other significant publications like "The Columbian Magazine," "The Port Folio," and "Graham's Magazine," Smyth explores the development of each magazine, giving readers an in-depth understanding of their literary contributions and impact on the city's cultural life.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in its comprehensive coverage of contributors. Smyth not only discusses well-known figures like Benjamin Franklin, Charles Brockden Brown, and Edgar Allan Poe but also sheds light on lesser-known authors, editors, and printers. By incorporating their backgrounds, influences, and contributions to Philadelphia's literary scene, Smyth offers a nuanced account of the diverse talent that shaped the magazines during this period.

Furthermore, Smyth's attention to detail in describing the content and literary themes covered in each magazine is commendable. He provides glimpses into the prevailing topics of the time, such as political debates, social issues, literature, and poetry, which helps readers understand the intellectual climate and interests of Philadelphia's citizens. This comprehensive approach allows the reader to connect with the magazines on a deeper level and appreciate their significance beyond being mere periodicals.

While the book is undoubtedly a valuable resource for researchers and history enthusiasts, its dense nature might deter casual readers. Smyth's scholarly writing style and detailed analysis make it more suitable for those seeking a comprehensive study of the subject matter. However, for those who are truly interested in Philadelphia's literary history, the effort put into studying this book is certainly rewarding.

Overall, "The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850" provides an invaluable, detailed account of the vibrant magazine culture that flourished in Philadelphia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Smyth's research, meticulousness, and comprehensive approach make this book an essential read for anyone interested in the rich history of American literature and the historical context in which these magazines operated. While lacking a catchy title, the content within surpasses any surface impressions, making it a vital resource for historians seeking a deeper understanding of Philadelphia's literary landscape.

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Transcriber's Note: The final footnote contains a Greek passage, which is delimited by ''.

THE Philadelphia Magazines AND THEIR CONTRIBUTORS

1741 1850

BY

ALBERT H. SMYTH,

A. B. , Johns Hopkins University ,

Professor of English Literature in the Philadelphia High School; Member of the American Philosophical Society.

PHILADELPHIA: ROBERT M. LINDSAY 1892

TO

J. G. ROSENGARTEN

A TOKEN OF THE GRATITUDE AND AFFECTION OF THE AUTHOR

PREFACE.

This study in the history of the Philadelphia magazines was undertaken at the request of Professor H. B. Adams, and the results were first read at a joint meeting of the Historical and English Seminaries of the Johns Hopkins University. At a later date they were again read before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The subject has been found so rich, and the materials so interesting, that, in spite of my best efforts to be brief, the article has grown into a book. It has been with no little distrust that I have made this wide excursion from my chosen studies, but the generous aid and encouragement of friends, who are learned in our local lore, have given me heart to complete and to publish the results of these researches... Continue reading book >>




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