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, edited by Henry William Massingham.[1]

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.[2]

From 1923 to 1930, the editor was Liberal economist Hubert Douglas Henderson,[3] and the literary editor was Leonard Woolf, who would help impecunious young authors, including Robert Graves and E. M. Forster 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 whose work he would publish at Hogarth.

Other contributors included Edmund Blunden, H. E. Bates, H. N. Brailsford, J. A. Hobson, Harold Laski, David Garnett, Aldous Huxley (under the pseudonym "Autolux"), Charlotte Mew, Edith Sitwell, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and G. D. H. Cole.[4]

In 1931, it was absorbed into the Labour weekly the New Statesman, which was known as the New Statesman and Nation until 1964.[4][5]


  1. ^ Collini, Stefan (2006). Absent Minds - Intellectuals in Britain. Oxford: OUP. p. 91. ISBN 0199291055.
  2. ^ "John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946". The New School. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  3. ^ ‘HENDERSON, Sir Hubert Douglas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 Sept 2015
  4. ^ a b "About New Statesman". NewStatesman. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  5. ^ Edward Hyams, The New Statesman (1963), p. 119.

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