Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

When one thinks of the magazine form today, certain formal characteristics tend to come to mind: photographs and other images, stories gathered around a particular topic...

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Introduction: The Literary Museum and the Unsettling of the Early American Novel

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pp. 1-30

In 1799 the Monthly Magazine published a sketch entitled “Portrait of an Emigrant” that recounts a conversation between the author and a Mrs. K, introduced as a woman who “never reads, not even a newspaper.” The description continues, “She is equally...

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1. American Spectators, Tatlers, and Guardians: Transatlantic Periodical Culture in the Eighteenth C

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pp. 31-68

In its April issue for 1776, the Pennsylvania Magazine, which had been founded the previous year by Scottish-born printer Robert Aitken, published “A Reverie.” Aitken’s anonymous...

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2. The American Magazine in the Early National Period: Publishers, Printers and Editors

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pp. 69-102

The pioneering historian of the American magazine, Frank Luther Mott, described the obstacles facing the earliest magazine as “(1) Indifference, (a) of readers...

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3. The American Magazine in the Early National Period: Readers, Correspondents, and Contributors

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pp. 103-133

One of the central ideals governing the early magazine, as we saw in chapter 2, was that the magazine should create a space whereby readers could themselves participate as writers...

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4. The Early American Magazine in the Nineteenth Century: Brown, Rowson, and Irving

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pp. 134-168

The parallels between Susanna Rowson’s and Charles Brockden Brown’s careers are worth considering. Before 1800, Rowson and Brown had secured their places as the two leading novelists of the early national period; after 1800 they both moved...

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Conclusion: What Happened Next

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pp. 169-176

If the magazine of the early republic allowed for the imagination of a virtual salon, of the ongoing, serial conversations of Jürgen Habermas’s ideal public sphere, several factors...

Notes

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pp. 177-198

Index

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pp. 199-204

About the Author, Further Reading, Production Notes, Back Cover

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pp. 205-311