The Nation and Athenaeum

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The Nation and Athenaeum or simply The Nation was a United Kingdom political weekly newspaper with a Liberal / Labour viewpoint. It was formed in 1921 from the merger of the Athenaeum, a literary magazine published in London since 1828 and the smaller and newer Nation.

The enterprise was purchased by a group led by the economist John Maynard Keynes in 1923. From then on it carried numerous articles by Keynes.[1]

From 1923 to 1930 the literary editor was Leonard Woolf; Woolf would help impecunious young authors, including Robert Graves and E.M. Forster who he knew through the Hogarth Press by commissioning them to write reviews and articles; there were others, such as Edwin Muir who had come to his attention at the Nation and who he would publish at Hogarth.

Other contributors included Edmund Blunden, H. E. Bates, H. N. Brailsford, J. A. Hobson, Harold Laski, David Garnett, and G. D. H. Cole.[2]

In 1931 it was absorbed into the Labour weekly the New Statesman which was known as the New Statesman and Nation until 1964.[3][2]


  1. ^ "John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946". The New School. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "About New Statesman". NewStatesman. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Edward Hyams, The New Statesman (1963), p. 119.