The Saturday Press (literary newspaper)

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The Saturday Press was a literary weekly newspaper, published in New York City from 1858 to 1860 and again from 1865 to 1866, edited by Henry Clapp, Jr.[1]

Clapp, nicknamed the "King of Bohemia" and credited with importing the term "bohemianism" to the U.S, was a central part of the antebellum New York literary and art scene. Today he is perhaps best known for his spotlighting of Walt Whitman, Fitz-James O'Brien, and Ada Clare – all habitués of the bohemian watering hole named Pfaff's beer cellar – in The Saturday Press.[1] Clapp intended the Press to be New York's answer to the Atlantic Monthly. The Press was constantly troubled by financial problems, and Clapp died in poverty and obscurity.[2]

Mark Twain's first short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was first published under the title "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" in The Saturday Press in 1865.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Burt, Daniel S., ed. (2004). The Chronology of American Literature: America's Literary Achievements from the Colonial Era to Modern Times. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0618168217.
  2. ^ Arno Basta (1977). "Pfaff's on Broadway – the birthplace of Bohemia". Greenwich Village Gazette. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  3. ^ Mark Twain (November 18, 1865). "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog". The Saturday Press. pp. 248–249.
  4. ^ Tom Wolfe (April 24, 2010). "Faking West, Going East". The New York Times.

External links[edit]

  • Edward Whitley; Rob Weidman; et al. "The Saturday Press". The Vault at Pfaff's – An Archive of Art and Literature by New York City's Nineteenth-Century Bohemians. Lehigh University Digital Library. Retrieved April 30, 2010. Offers the possibility to browse online through any of the 157 issues of The Saturday Press.