The Sewanee Review

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The Sewanee Review  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Sewanee Rev.
Discipline Literature
Language English
Edited by Adam Ross
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0037-3052 (print)
1934-421X (web)
OCLC no. 1936968
JSTOR 00373052

The Sewanee Review is an Amerian literary journal established in 1892. It is the oldest continuously published periodical of its kind in the United States.[1] It publishes original fiction and poetry, essays, reviews, and literary criticism.


The Sewanee Review was established in 1892 by William Peterfield Trent as a magazine "devoted to reviews of leading books and to papers on such topics of general Theology, Philosophy, History, Political Science, and Literature as require further treatment than they receive in specialist publications."[2] Trent edited the review until 1900.

After a number of short-term editors George Herbert Clarke took over in 1920. Clarke was the first editor of the journal to publish poetry, and he published verse by Donald Davidson, William Alexander Percy, John Crowe Ransom, Mark Van Doren, and Margaret L. Woods, and a 20-year-old Robert Penn Warren. Clarke remained editor until 1926 and was succeeded by William S. Knickerbocker, who published the first piece of fiction in the Review.

In 1942, Tudor Seymour Long became editor, with Andrew Lytle serving as managing editor and Allen Tate as an advisory editor and de facto editor until 1944. In 1944, when Tate took over as editor, he and Lytle revolutionized the magazine's place in American letters. It focused on New Criticism, alongside Cleanth Brooks's Southern Review and John Crowe Ransom's Kenyon Review. Tate also had the review redesigned by P. J. Conkwright, who crafted the distinctive blue cover and design.[3] During his tenure, Tate published T. S. Eliot, Robert Penn Warren, Peter Taylor, Jean Stafford, Caroline Gordon, Theodore Roethke, William Meredith, Wallace Stevens, Reed Whittemore, Karl Shapiro, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Jacques Maritain, Joseph Frank, and Marshall McLuhan. In 1952, Eliot commented that the Sewanee Review had "reached the status of an institution — by which I mean that if it came to an end, its loss would be something more than merely the loss of one good periodical; it would be a symptom of an alarming decline in the periodical world at its highest level."[citation needed]

When Tate's editorship ended in 1946, John E. Palmer became editor. He was followed by Monroe K. Spears in 1952 and then Andrew Lytle again in 1965. George Core succeeded Lytle in 1973.[2] After 43 years as editor, Core retired in 2016, and the novelist Adam Ross was appointed to succeed him.[4]


The Sewanee Review has published stories by Flannery O'Connor, the dramatic version of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, and Cormac McCarthy's first published work — a selection from his first novel, The Orchard Keeper. Other noted contributors include Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Saul Bellow, John Berryman, Wendell Berry, Bertolt Brecht, Albert Camus, Billy Collins, James Dickey, Andre Dubus, T. S. Eliot, B. H. Fairchild, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, George Garrett, Robert Graves, Donald Hall, Seamus Heaney, Anthony Hecht, X. J. Kennedy, Thomas Kinsella, Maxine Kumin, C. S. Lewis, Robert Lowell, Thomas Merton, Marianne Moore, Howard Nemerov, Joyce Carol Oates, Walker Percy, Saint-John Perse, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Peter Taylor, Dylan Thomas, Eudora Welty, Richard Wilbur, Christian Wiman, James Wright, and others.

The journal is published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. Prior to its transfer to electronic processing at the Johns Hopkins University Press,[when?] it was one of only two academic journals in the United States still printed by letterpress.[citation needed]

Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry[edit]

The review gives the annual Aiken Taylor Award, a prize of $10,000, begun in 1985 by the physician and poet K. P. A. Taylor in honor of his brother Conrad Aiken. Winners of the award, which has often been given to poets otherwise unaffiliated with the review, have included Howard Nemerov, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, W. S. Merwin, John Frederick Nims, Gwendolyn Brooks, George Starbuck, Wendell Berry, Maxine Kumin, Fred Chappell, Carolyn Kizer, X. J. Kennedy, George Garrett, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Frederick Morgan, Grace Schulman, Daniel Hoffman, Henry S. Taylor, B. H. Fairchild, Brendan Galvin, Anne Stevenson, John Haines, Donald Hall, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, and Christian Wiman.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sewanee Review", Johns Hopkins University Press, retrieved 31 January 2009 
  2. ^ a b Jon Meecham. "Above the moment: The Review at Sewanee still bright at age 100". The Chattanooga Times, October 29, 1992.
  3. ^ "Behind the Scenes: Redesigning the Cover of the Sewanee Review". The Sewanee Review. February 27, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ross Named Editor of Sewanee Review"
  5. ^ "Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry"

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