Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country was a general and literary journal published in London from 1830 to 1882, which initially took a strong Tory line in politics. It was founded by Hugh Fraser and William Maginn in 1830 and loosely directed by Maginn (and later Francis Mahony) under the name Oliver Yorke, until about 1840. It circulated until 1882, when it was renamed Longman's Magazine.

Editors edit

In its early years, the publisher James Fraser (no relation to Hugh) played a role in soliciting contributors and preparing the magazine for the press. After James Fraser's death in 1841 the magazine was acquired by George William Nickisson, and in 1847 by John William Parker. In 1863, Thomas and William Longman took over all of Parker's business.[1] Its last notable editor was James Anthony Froude (1860–1874).[citation needed] In 1882, Fraser's Magazine was renamed Longman's Magazine, and was popularised and reduced in cost to sixpence.[2]

Contributors edit

The Fraserians, 1835 group portrait by Daniel Maclise

Among the contributors were Thomas Carlyle, William Makepeace Thackeray, Frances Power Cobbe, Thomas Medwin, James Hogg,[3] William Mudford, Janet Ross and John Stuart Mill. The 1835 group portrait by Maclise misleads in that David Brewster, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart and Robert Southey, while included, were not substantial contributors. Others who were active at that period were Percival Banks, T. C. Croker, John Galt, John Abraham Heraud, E. V. Kenealy, David Macbeth Moir, Francis Mahony, Robert Willmott and Thomas Wright.[4] Another contributor was William Jardine Smith.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Longmans" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1009.
  2. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainTedder, Henry Richard (1911). "Periodicals". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 21 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 153.
  3. ^ Hunter, Adrian (ed.) (2020), James Hogg: Contributions to English, Irish and American Periodicals, Edinburgh University Press, p. xx, ISBN 9780748695980
  4. ^ E. Hough Walter (11 September 1972). The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals: 1824–1900. Taylor & Francis. p. 444. ISBN 978-0-7100-7501-7. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Death of Mr. Jardine Smith". The Argus. Trove. 14 January 1884. Retrieved 29 August 2013.

Further reading edit

  • Fisher, Judith Law, 'In the Present Famine of Anything Substantial": Fraser's "Portraits" and the Construction of Literary Celebrity; or, "Personality, Personality Is the Appetite of the Age"', Victorian Periodicals Review 39:2, Summer 2006, pp. 97–135
  • Thrall, Miriam. Rebellious Fraser's: Nol Yorke's Magazine in the Days of Maginn, Carlyle and Thackeray. New York: Columbia University Press, 1934.

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