Joseph Dennie and His Circle; a Study in American Literature From 1792-1812, Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...was probably also turned over to him when the publisher, Fenno, left the city, since a notice in the Gazette of 13 October, 1800, directed that all subscription papers for both books be sent to him on or after 1 November. Apparently the subscriptions did not warrant publication, and the works never appeared. The case of the Port Folio was different.1 The season was auspicious for the establishment of a new well-conducted magazine. The Weekly Magazine of Original Essays, Fugitive Pieces and Interesting Intelligence, an ably managed periodical, in which Brown's Arthur Mervyn first appeared, came to an abrupt end in June, 1799. Between this date and January, 1801, only two short-lived and unimportant magazines, the Philadelphia Magazine and Review, 1799, one volume, and the Ladies' Museum, 1800, five numbers, are listed in Smythe's Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors, 1741-1850. Professor Smythe knew thoroughly the gossip, history, and glory of literary Philadelphia, and his work in cataloguing and annalizing the periodical writings and writers of the city is a service not lightly to be forgotten--one which has not been adequately done for New York, Boston, or Baltimore. His book is the first source for much of the biographical data of a study such as this. Outside of Philadelphia his interest waned, and his statements are frequently misleading,2 but the real value of his work should not be lost sight of in discounting the possible overestimation of the literary greatness of his city. Not only was there no competition for the moment, but there were at hand a large number of enthusiastic lovers of literature eager to contribute to his columns. Philadelphia was, for the time being, the literary as well as the political and social center 1....
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