Masses & Mainstream

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Masses & Mainstream, published from 1948 to 1963, was an American Marxist monthly publication. It resulted from a merger between New Masses, which ceased publication in January 1948, and Mainstream, a Communist cultural quarterly established the previous year.[1] It was headquartered in New York City.

Masses & Mainstream was edited by Samuel Sillen. Although most of its best-known contributors had written for New Masses before the war, the magazine gave a platform to some younger writers, including Howard Fast, Thomas McGrath, Eve Merriam, Lloyd L. Brown and Phillip Bonosky.[1]

The magazine had a circulation of 17,000 in 1948, but steadily lost subscribers through the McCarthy era.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Benoît Tadié (2012). "The Masses Speak". In Brooker, Peter; Thacker, Andrew (eds.). The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Vol. II: North America 1894-1960. Oxford University Press. pp. 851–854. ISBN 978-0-19-954581-0.