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THE LITTLE MAGAZINE IN AMERICA: A MODERN DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

Edited by Elliott Anderson and Mary Kinzie; Pushcart Press; 770 pages; $25

The 84 literary periodicals recalled in this lively chronicle range from Partisan Review, left-wing and loudly ideological at its birth in 1934, to Paris Review, a sleek '50s expatriate now based in New York. An entry on John Crowe Ransom reports that the poet started the Kenyon Review because he thought Partisan Review too flashy. Robert Creeley, founder of the Black Mountain Review, says that "to be published in the Kenyan Review was too...

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