The Akron Offering
The Literary Magazine of a Progressive Canal Town (1849-1850), Complete and Annotated
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Akron Press
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Preparation of this edition began in a graduate seminar in scholarly editing that I taught in the fall of 2009 for the Department of Eng-lish at The University of Akron. Melissa Cigoi, Elizabeth Corrao, Shane Fliger, Kim Hackett, Arnissa Hopkins, Bobbie Hopkins, Jacob Lau-ritzen, Jeremy Sayers, Jennifer St. Clair, and Nichole Sterpka all worked on individual numbers. At first I considered editing only a selection of the works—in the style of the old Norton edition of The Lowell Offering—but ...
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On April 5, 1849, a prospectus appeared in an Akron, Ohio weekly newspaper announcing plans for a new “Magazine for Ladies!” to be edited by Akron’s own Calista Cumings, an unmarried educator in her thirties or forties. The prospectus staked a claim on high ground. An “intellectual, literary bouquet,” The Akron Offering would gather articles to unite the rich and the poor in the appreciation of creative literature and “remarks on various subjects connected with the welfare ...
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The Subscriber, believing that the Ladies of Akron will look favorably on an effort made by one of their own sex, in their own town, to arrange for them and others an intellectual, literary bouquet, unexceptionable to the most refined taste and most exalted sense of virtue, and at so low price as to be within the reach of all, lays before them the proposed plan of a ...
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Subscribers for the Offering, with deep humility and a lively sense of gratitude, we would speak a few words to you, that may be deemed nec-essary for a full understanding of the plan and purpose of those who may arrange and conduct this Magazine. The Prospectus shows you something of this and also what is to be expected from its patrons. You all feel that this ...
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Cornelia Campbell’s paternal grandfather was a native of Scotland—his parents were among the noblest of the land, and possessed of much wealth until he was seventeen years of age—then, reverses, not necessary here to detail, came upon them, and they were obliged to retire to comparative poverty and obscurity.—George, the son above mentioned, was their eldest, ...
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Truth is always eloquent: It is divine, and claiming such an origin, it comes needing no recommendation and seeking not the applause of men. It belongs on high, yet breathes through all the Creator’s works the influences of Heaven, encouraging the humble and moving to good deeds this world’s willful. It is no heartless show—no vain exhibition of barren imagery—no ...
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Gentle Reader, Norman Campbell is before you. His early promise of beauty and nobleness is more than realised. You mark his commanding form and figure, the noble contour of his head that tells of intellectual strength, of moral greatness and passions all subservient. The kindling glance of his dark eyes that beam with thought, with hope and happiness, combined with his ...
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...“So Robert Hunt has taken himself off?” said Lewis Maynard, joining a group of students assembled on the College grounds at S——. “I don’t wonder; what a deuced pretty rage he got into in the class this morning.”1. The literary organ of New York City’s “Young America” movement, the United States Magazine, and Democratic Review was edited by John L. O’Sullivan (1813–95) and published the works of many ...
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The stability of all civil and moral institutions, depends upon the intel-lectual and moral improvement and elevation of the mind.—This position has become an admitted axiom, and needs no argumentation to sustain its truthfulness. But how to attain this and by what means, has been and still is a subject, which elicits much speculation; and the different theories which ...
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The day of trial for Virgil Richland and Norman Campbell came. The former was rejected, the latter admitted; and then did revenge assume a tangible form, and was admitted to Richland’s heart as a precious guest; but he waited the proper time. Years passed on, and his only business was to seek in every possible manner, to sully young Campbell’s rising fame. To ...
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There are two grand sources of information from which we may learn our duty, and from which the wise in every age have learned what they ought to do. One is the word, and the other the providence of God. In the one God speaks; in the other he acts. By studying the word, we learn what he has revealed as the rule of faith and obedience. By observing his provi-...
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Three thousand copies of Byron’s poems are sold annually in this coun-try. Such a fact affords a sufficient reason for hazarding some remarks on a theme which may well be deemed exhausted.—“My dear sir,” said Dr. 1. Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813–71) was a prolific and well-regarded American literary critic of the mid-nineteenth century. Born in Boston, Tuckerman moved to New York City in 1845, where he ...
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In the affairs of this world, men are governed by a wise and safe maxim. It is this—Secure the higher or more important interest first—even, if need be, at the sacrifice of some secondary or minor interest. If this same prin-ciple were adopted and applied to man’s immortal interests, we should at once see an entire change in the state of society, affecting the pursuits, busi-...
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Now is the cold and dreary winter time, and I have not spoken to you since the autumn; it seems to me a long, long time. But hark! there goes that serenade again, and if I could only make my old quill2 dance to the music, how beautifully I would write; but I cannot write when I hear music, for somehow it casts such a spell over me that I long to cover my eyes and see ...
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...“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit, for the Spirit sear-“For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit ...
AppendixThe Akron Offering and Moore’sWestern Lady’s Book
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Critical Editions in Early American Literature