Art and Letters: An Illustrated Quarterly (339 words)

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Art and Letters: An Illustrated Quarterly (1917-20) was a London-based artistic and literary magazine launched in July 1917 by Frank Rutter with the support of Herbert Read, Charles Ginner, and Harold Gilman. Its first four issues were devoted primarily to visual arts, although with some poems by Read and Richard Aldington along with critical essays. After an interruption caused by war conditions, it relaunched in January 1919 as a more literary magazine under the influence of Read, Osbert Sitwell, and Sydney Schiff, notable for its semi-modernist character, some of its contributors having appeared previously in Wyndham Lewis’s Blast (1914-15). 

Among the less-remembered “little magazines”…

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Art and Letters: An Illustrated Quarterly". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2021 [, accessed 16 May 2022.]

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