The London Mercury (1114 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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The London Mercury (1919-39) was a monthly magazine of literature and the arts launched in November 1919 and edited first by J. C. (“Jack”) Squire, to September 1934, then by R. A. Scott-James until its closure in April 1939 after 234 issues. It absorbed the Bookman magazine in 1935, becoming the London Mercury and Bookman. It was not among the “little magazines” of literary modernism, but on the contrary a solidly big magazine with a circulation of 12,000 in the 1920s, offering at least 112 pages per issue of professionally-presented copy fit for the coffee-table, well-padded with thirty additional pages of advertising. Moreover, it was under Squire’s editorship openly hostile to …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "The London Mercury". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2021 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19619, accessed 16 May 2022.]

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