New Statesman (828 words)

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The New Statesman is a weekly political and literary magazine published from London since April 1913. For some periods of its history it appeared as the New Statesman and Nation (1931-58, after absorbing the Nation and Athenaeum) and as the New Statesman and Society (1988-96, after merger with New Society). Politically associated with the Left and with its puritan abstentionist traditions, it was for long periods linked especially with pacifist currents in and beyond the Labour Party. Its literary significance lies chiefly in its cultural “back half” of pages devoted to stories, essays, poems and reviews of books and the arts.

The magazine was founded by leaders of the …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "New Statesman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2021 [, accessed 16 May 2022.]

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