Books: Big Little Magazines

The doughtiest people in the publishing business are those who put out avant-garde literary magazines; they seldom make a profit and rarely reach more than 5,000 readers. It must be love of literature that drives them-and properly so, for it happens that these "little magazines" have fostered the early work of the foremost writers of the 20th century.

Most of the magazines of past decades are collectors' items. But thanks to some remarkable detective work, Manhattan's Kraus Reprint Corp. has tracked down every issue of 104 U.S. and British little magazines, plus six...

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