The Press: Wild Flowers

As a seedbed for little magazines, the American soil is fertile but thinly spread. Of the hundreds that have sprouted since 1912, only a handful have put down roots. Some of the best (Hound & Horn, the Dial, etc.) have withered and died. Last week a cluster of new ones bravely poked their heads above ground.

The most promising was Hudson Review, edited by three young Princeton alumni. It also promised the most, notably, never to fall into pedantry or opportunism, nor to "open its pages to those whose only merits lie in their...

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