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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  
Former names
The Christian Spectator, The New Englander
Yale Rev.
Discipline Literary magazine
Language English
Edited by J. D. McClatchy
Publication details
Wiley-Blackwell for Yale University (United States)
Publication history
1819–1989, 1991–present
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0044-0124 (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 J. D. McClatchy, a poet and literary critic.

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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. 

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