Monthly Magazine

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Monthly Magazine, 1810 (John Adams Library, Boston Public Library)

The Monthly Magazine (1796–1843) of London[1][2] began publication in February 1796. Richard Phillips was the publisher and a contributor on political issues. The editor for the first ten years was the literary jack-of-all-trades, Dr John Aikin.[3] Other contributors included William Blake,[4] Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Dyer, Henry Neele and Charles Lamb.[3] The magazine also published the earliest fiction of Charles Dickens, the first of what would become Sketches by Boz.

From 1839 the magazine was for two years edited by Francis Foster Barham and John Abraham Heraud. Its content in this period has been described as "popularizations of post-Kantian philosophy, esoteric mystical commentary, literary effusions, and idealistic calls for child-centered education and communitarian socialism."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ British Library. English Short Title Catalogue. Monthly Magazine
  2. ^ New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, v.2. Cambridge University Press, 1971
  3. ^ a b Arthur Sherbo. From the "Monthly Magazine, and British Register": Notes on Milton, Pope, Boyce, Johnson, Sterne, Hawkesworth, and Prior. Studies in Bibliography, Vol. 43 (1990)
  4. ^ Archibald George Blomefield Russell. The engravings of William Blake. Houghton Mifflin, 1912
  5. ^ Charles Capper Associate Professor of History Boston University (7 September 1994). Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life Volume I: The Private Years. Oxford University Press. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-19-976234-7. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Monthly magazine, or, British register. London : Printed for R. Phillips, 1796-
  • Carnall, Geoffrey (1954). "The Monthly Magazine". Review of English Studies. 5 (18): 158–64. 
  • Curry, Kenneth (1983). "Monthly Magazine, The". In Sullivan, Alvin. British Literary Magazines: 1789–1836: The Romantic Age. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood. pp. 314–9. ISBN 0313228728. 
  • Ward and Waller, eds. Cambridge History of English Literature, vol. 12. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1916