The Egoist (periodical)

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The Egoist
The top half of a yellowed page of a periodical entitled "The Egoist" with "An Individualist Review" as the subtitle and "Formerly the New Freewoman" underneath the subtitle.
Masthead from July 15, 1914 issue.
Editor Harriet Shaw Weaver
Former editors Dora Marsden
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Monthly
(initially a fortnightly)
Circulation 400 (in 1919)
First issue 1914
Final issue 1919
Country  United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English

The Egoist (subtitled An Individualist Review) was a London literary magazine published from 1914 to 1919, during which time it published important early modernist poetry and fiction. In its manifesto, it claimed to "recognise no taboos,"[1] and published a number of controversial works, such as parts of Ulysses.[2] Today, it is considered "England's most important Modernist periodical."[3]

History[edit]

The Egoist was founded by Dora Marsden as a successor to her feminist magazine The New Freewoman, but was changed, under the influence of Ezra Pound, into a literary magazine. Pound got his benefactor John Quinn to buy him an editorial position in the magazine, and quickly it became a leading publication for imagist poetry.[4] Its group of friends and contributors includes almost every writer of significance of the time, though some, like D. H. Lawrence (whose "Once" was published in the magazine in 1914), came to denounce it for "editorial sloppiness" and for the philosophical attitudes of its editorial staff.[5] Among the work published in The Egoist is the work of James Joyce and T. S. Eliot, as well as letters and criticism.[6]

Marsden was the editor in the first half of 1914, when it was a fortnightly; for most of its life it was a monthly. Editorship was taken over in July 1914 by Harriet Shaw Weaver.[7] Assistant editors were Richard Aldington and Leonard A. Compton-Rickett, with H. D. When Aldington left in 1917 for the Army, his place was taken by T. S. Eliot,[8] who was also working on Prufrock and other Observations at the time (published as a small book by The Egoist).[9] When it folded in 1919, there were only 400 subscribers, down from 2,000 in 1911 when it was The Freewoman.[10]

Notable contributions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caws 340.
  2. ^ McKenna 100.
  3. ^ Edwards 144.
  4. ^ Benstock 364-65.
  5. ^ Clarke 148-50.
  6. ^ Such as Eliot's response to a charge in the Times Literary Supplement, see Longenbach 178.
  7. ^ Hughes 31.
  8. ^ Matherer 49.
  9. ^ Eliot xiv.
  10. ^ Edwards 145.
  11. ^ Johnson xliii.
  12. ^ McKenna 6.
  13. ^ McKenna 100.
  14. ^ Bertram 15.
  15. ^ Williams 477-78.

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