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The Yale Review is the self-proclaimed oldest literary quarterly in the United States. It is published by Yale University.

The Yale Review  
DisciplineLiterary magazine
Edited byHarold Augenbraum
Publication details
Former name(s)
The Christian Spectator, The New Englander
History1819–1989, 1991–present
Wiley-Blackwell for Yale University (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Yale Rev.
ISSN0044-0124 (print)
1467-9736 (web)

It was founded in 1819 as The Christian Spectator to support Evangelicalism. Over time it began to publish more on history and economics and was renamed The New Englander in 1843. In 1885 it was renamed The New Englander and Yale Review until 1892, when it took its current name The Yale Review. At the same time, editor Henry Wolcott Farnam gave the periodical a focus on American and international politics, economics, and history.

The modern history of the journal starts in 1911 under the editorship of Wilbur Cross. Cross remained the editor for thirty years, throughout the magazine's heyday. Contributors during this period, according to the Review's website, included Thomas Mann, Henry Adams, Virginia Woolf, George Santayana, Robert Frost, José Ortega y Gasset, Eugene O'Neill, Leon Trotsky, H. G. Wells, Thomas Wolfe, John Maynard Keynes, H. L. Mencken, A. E. Housman, Ford Madox Ford, and Wallace Stevens.[1]

The current editor is Harold Augenbraum, writer, translator, and former Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. On July 1, 2019, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its founding, Meghan O'Rourke will take over as editor of The Yale Review.[2]

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  1. ^ Trent, William Peterfield; John Erskine; Stuart Pratt Sherman; Carl Van Doren (1921). The Cambridge history of American literature. 3. G.P. Putnam. p. 303. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Introducing the New Editor of The Yale Review: Meghan O'Rourke". Literary Hub. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-06.

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