Polyanthos (magazine)

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The Polyanthos (December 1805 – September 1814)[1] was a monthly literary magazine published in Boston, Massachusetts, by Joseph Tinker Buckingham. Contributors of essays, biographical articles and other literature included Wilkes Allen, Rev. John Eliot (of New North Church), John Lathrop, Jr., Samuel Louder, John Lovering, John Randall, Solomon Stoddard, Royall Tyler, Samuel A. Wells, and Rufus Wyman.[2][3] Buckingham also wrote theatre reviews in each issue.[4] Most issues featured an engraving, often a portrait by Samuel Harris (ca.1784-1810)[5] or a song.[6] The magazine ceased in 1814 "for the ungrateful or undiscerning public, — notwithstanding the expressed flattery of their taste and confidence in their liberality, — suffered it to wither and die."[2]


Published in Polyanthos


  1. ^ Heather A. Haveman. "Antebellum literary culture and the evolution of American magazines" (PDF). Poetics. 32. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Joseph Tinker Buckingham (1852). Personal Memoirs and Recollections of Editorial Life. 1. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields. p. 53+. 
  3. ^ Frank Luther Mott (1930). A History of American Magazines, Volume I, 1741-1850. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0196264316. 
  4. ^ In his memoirs, Buckingham noted how the actor "Mr. Poe — the father of ... Edgar A. Poe, — took offence at a remark on his wife's acting, and called at my house to 'chastise my impertinence,' but went away without effecting his purpose. Both he and his wife were performers of considerable merit, but somewhat vain of their personal accomplishments." Cf. Buckingham. 1852; p.57.
  5. ^ Other engravings appeared by Henry Williams, Edwin (of Philadelphia) and Snyder (of New York). Cf. Buckingham. 1852; p.55-56.
  6. ^ Nicholas Tawa (1978). "Buckingham's Musical Commentaries in Boston". The New England Quarterly. 51. JSTOR 364612. 
  7. ^ Jadviga M. da Costa Nunes (1986). "The Industrial Landscape in America, 1800-1840: Ideology into Art". IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. 12. JSTOR 40968108. 
  8. ^ James Kidder (November 1813). "Third Baptist Meeting House in Charles Street". Polyanthos. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Polyanthos, Boston: J.T. Buckingham, 1805–1814, OCLC 3938088  v.1 (1805-1806); v.2 (1806); v.3; v.4 (1806-1807); new series v.1 (1812); v.2 (June–September 1812); v.3 (October 1813-March 1814); v.4 (April–September 1814).