Modern Quarterly (American magazine)

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Modern Quarterly was a left leaning but unaffiliated radical politics and arts magazine begun by V. F. Calverton in 1923.[1] The magazine was based in Baltimore.[2] From 1928 to 1932, Samuel D. Schmalhausen served on the editorial board and the magazine began to publish work examining sex relations through the lens of psychoanalysis.[3]:94 The magazine had a Marxist approach, but also had individual and political toleration.[1] It carried articles on anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, literary criticism, and the problems of colored people.[1]

From 1933 until Calverton's death in 1940 it continued as The Modern Monthly, though it faded in prominence through the 1930s.[3]:98, 292 During this period it adopted an anti-Stalinist approach.[1] It was notable for publishing opposing views within the same issue and supporting the work of black intellectuals.[4] The magazine ceased publication in 1940.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Haim Genizi (1974). "The modern quarterly: 1923–1940: An independent radical magazine". Labor History. 15 (2): 199–215. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  2. ^ Cary D. Wintz; Paul Finkelman (2004). Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: K-Y. Taylor & Francis. p. 804. ISBN 978-1-57958-458-0. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Buhle, Mari Jo (1998). Feminism and its Discontents: A Century of Struggle with Psychoanalysis. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-29868-3.
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: K-Y. Taylor & Francis. 2004. p. 804.