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The American Scholar is the quarterly literary magazine of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, established in 1932. The magazine has won fourteen National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors from 1999 to present, including awards for General Excellence (circulation <100,000).[1][2] Additionally, the magazine has won four UTNE Independent Press Awards from Utne Reader, most recently in 2011 in the category "Best Writing".[3]

The American Scholar
The American Scholar.jpg
EditorRobert Wilson
PublisherJohn Churchill
Year founded1932
CompanyPhi Beta Kappa Society
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

The magazine is named for an oration by Ralph Waldo Emerson given before the society in 1837. According to its website, "the magazine aspires to Emerson’s ideals of independent thinking, self-knowledge, and a commitment to the affairs of the world as well as to books, history, and science." The American Scholar began publishing fiction in 2006, and "essays, articles, criticism, and poetry have been mainstays of the magazine for 75 years."



Since its inception in 1932, the magazine has had seven editors-in-chief (two of them on an interim basis):[4][5]

*Interim editor

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  1. ^ "2003 National Magazine Awards". Information Please Database. Pearson Education. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  2. ^ 2006 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Archived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Utne Independent Press Awards: 2011 Winners". Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  4. ^ Ted Widmer, "The Scholar at 75: An Educated Guess, The American Scholar, Winter 2007.
  5. ^ Tracy Chevalier, Encyclopedia of the Essay (Taylor & Francis, 1997), ISBN 978-1884964305, pp. 23-24. Excerpts available at Google Books.

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