European Magazine

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Frontispiece of The European Magazine, vol. 36, 1st August 1799 featuring St James Church, Clerkenwell
Frontispiece of The European Magazine, vol. 36, August 1, 1799 featuring St James Church, Clerkenwell

The European Magazine was a magazine published in London. Eighty-nine volumes were published from 1782 until 1826. It was launched as the European Magazine, and London Review in January 1782, promising to offer "the Literature, History, Politics, Arts, Manners, and Amusements of the Age." It was in direct competition with the Gentleman's Magazine.

Soon after the magazine's launch, its founding editor, James Perry, passed proprietorship to the Shakespearean scholar Isaac Reed and his partners John Sewell and Daniel Braithwaite, who guided the magazine during its first two decades.

The articles and other contributions in the magazine appeared over initials and have largely remained anonymous.[1]


  1. ^ Emily Lorraine de Montluzin. "Attributions of Authorship in the European Magazine 1782-1826". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Helene E. Roberts's short overview of the European Magazine in Alvin Sullivan, ed. British Literary Magazines: The Augustan Age and the Age of Johnson, 1698-1788 (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1983), pp. 106–112.