The Academy (periodical)

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The Academy was a review of literature and general topics published in London from 1869 to 1902, founded by Charles Appleton.[1]

The first issue was published on 9 October 1869 under the title The Academy: A Monthly Record of Literature, Learning, Science, and Art. It was published monthly from October 1869 to January 1871, then semimonthly from February 1871 to 1873, and weekly from 1874 to 1902 under the titles The Academy: A Weekly Review of Literature, Science, and Art and then The Academy: A Weekly Review of LIterature and Life. The last issue was number 1549 on 11 January.[2] In January 1902, The Academy merged with the periodical Literature, becoming The Academy and Literature. The merged periodical retained the numbering of The Academy, however, and reverted to the name The Academy in 1905. It still used that name when it ceased publication in 1916.

Against the prevailing custom of anonymous authorship, The Academy provided the full names of its writers.[3] In its early years, the reviewers included Edmund Gosse, George Saintsbury, and Henry Sidgwick. As a general rule, The Academy did not publish signed reviews. After its purchase by John Morgan Richards in 1896, the periodical published lighter fare[4] under the editorship of Charles Lewis Hind.[5] The editors for The Academy were: Charles Appleton (1869-1878), Charles Doble (1878-1880), James S. Cotton (1881-1896), and C. Lewis Hind (1896-1903, including his editorship of The Academy and Literature).[4] Henry Bradley served as temporary editor for a portion of 1884-1885.[6]

From 1902 to 1916 the periodical The Academy and Literature had a fairly high turnover in ownership, editorship, and editorial direction. The editors were: C. Lewis Hind (1902-1903), William Teignmouth Shore (1903-1905),[7] P. Anderson Graham[8] & Assistant Editor Harold Hannyngton Child[9] (1905-1906), Lord Alfred Douglas (1907-1910), Cecil Cowper (1910-1915), Henry Savage (1915), and T. W. H. Crosland (1915-1916).[4]


  1. ^ Laurel Brake; Marysa Demoor (2009). Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism: In Great Britain and Ireland. Academia Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-90-382-1340-8. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ index for The Academy from the National Library of Australia
  3. ^  "Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birch". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^ a b c history of The Academy from
  5. ^ "Hind, C. Lewis". Who's Who, 59: p. 845. 1907. 
  6. ^ "Bradley, Henry". Who's Who, 59: pp. 202–203. 1907. 
  7. ^ "Shore, W. Teignmouth". Who's Who, 59: p. 1602. 1907. 
  8. ^ "Graham, P. Anderson". Who's Who, 59: p. 714. 1907. 
  9. ^ "Child, Harold Hannyngton". Who's Who, 59: p. 328. 1907. 

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