The Press: Quality Compromise

Among the U. S. monthly magazines once included in the "quality group," only Harper's and Atlantic Monthly—* retain the form and flavor of the old literary magazine. For their adherence to tradition, their circulations have stagnated while others in the group gained new readers by compromise. Scribner's, now published by Harlan Logan, has become bigger in form, brighter in tone. The American Mercury, never a group member in good standing, has achieved new fame as a pocket-size mouthpiece of reaction.

Last week, it appeared that Harper's was about to yield an inch. Beginning...

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