American Review (literary journal)

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American Review
Editor Ted Solotaroff
Categories Literary magazine
First issue 1967; 51 years ago (1967)
Final issue 1977 (1977)
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English

American Review was a literary journal published from 1967 to 1977 under editor Ted Solotaroff.[1] It was initially called New American Review, published and distributed as a paperback book by the New American Library, but shortened its name to American Review its name when it moved to a different publisher in 1973.[2]

American Review printed traditional and experimental fiction, poetry, and nonfiction essays and journalism.[2][3] It was unusual for the number of well-known and later-known writers it attracted from its very first issue. Its list of contributors includes Anna Akhmatova, Woody Allen,[citation needed] A. Alvarez, A. R. Ammons, Max Apple, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Marshall Berman, John Berryman, Jorge Luis Borges, Harold Brodkey, Robert Coover, George Dennison, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Eberhart, Stanley Elkin, Ralph Ellison, Leslie Epstein, William Gass, Richard Gilman, Allen Ginsberg, Albert Goldman, Günter Grass,[citation needed] Robert Graves, Peter Handke, Michael Herr, Richard Hugo, Stanley Kauffmann, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, James Merrill, W. S. Merwin, Leonard Michaels, Kate Millett, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Sylvia Plath, J. F. Powers, V. S. Pritchett, Mordecai Richler, Theodore Roszak, Philip Roth, Lore Segal, Anne Sexton, Wilfrid Sheed, Susan Sontag, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robert Stone, James Welch, and Ellen Willis.[1][3]

Looking back on American Review, Vanity Fair's James Wolcott said the publication "started off stellar and never lost altitude, never peaked out, continuing to make literary news back when literary news didn't seem like an oxymoron, each issue bearing something eventful..."[3] Slate's Gerald Goward called it "the greatest American literary magazine ever."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Howard, Gerald (19 August 2008). "Was New American Review the Best Literary Magazine Ever?". Slate. 
  2. ^ a b Grimes, William (12 August 2008). "Theodore Solotaroff, Founder of the New American Review, Is Dead at 80". New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c Wolcott, James (12 August 2008). "Last of the Literary Godfathers". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. 

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