Lapham's Quarterly

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Lapham's Quarterly
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The Spring 2008 Cover, "About Money."
Editor Lewis H. Lapham
Categories History, criticism, art, literature, culture
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 25,000 (as of 2012)
First issue 2007
Company American Agora Foundation
Country United States
Website www.laphamsquarterly.org

Lapham's Quarterly is a literary magazine established in 2007 by former Harper's Magazine editor Lewis H. Lapham.[1] Each issue examines a theme using primary source material from history. The inaugural issue "States of War" contained dozens of essays, speeches, and excerpts from historical authors ranging from Thucydides, William Shakespeare, and Sun Tzu to Mark Twain, among others. Recent issue themes included "The City", "Sports & Games", and "Arts & Letters". Each issue includes an introductory essay by Lapham, readings from historical contributors, and essays by contemporary writers and historians.

Lapham left Harper's in 2006 to found Lapham's Quarterly, saying he had been thinking about the idea since 1998.[1] "I had put together a collection of texts on the end of the world for the History Book Club. They wanted something at the turn of the millennium and I developed this idea by looking at the way the end of the world has ended [or been envisioned to end] many, many times and how predictions of doom have been spread across time. Whether you're talking about the Book of Revelation or tenth-century sects. So I had this wonderful collection of texts and I thought what a great idea. Also it was fun."[1]

Lapham's Quarterly is published by the American Agora Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to fostering interest in history.[2] The offices are located in New York City.[1] As of 2012, the magazine had a staff of 11 and a circulation of 25,000.[1]

Since 2010 the magazine has produced a podcast featuring interviews and discussion related to topics from recent issues.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rosenbaum, Ron (November 2012). "Lewis Lapham's Antidote to the Age of BuzzFeed". Smithsonian. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "American Agora Foundation", Lapham's quarterly .
  3. ^ "Lapham's Quarterly: The Podcast". iTunes. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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