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Sewanee Review, The

Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review

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a quarterly journal of literature and criticism founded in 1892 at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, with Telfair Hodgson as editor. In its earlier years it was largely devoted to descriptive criticism and essays on history and biography. George Herbert Clarke, the editor from 1920 to 1925, introduced the publication of poetry, for which the magazine subsequently became an important forum, printing verse by John Crowe Ransom, Laura Riding, Theodore Roethke, and Wallace Stevens. Under William S. Knickerbocker's editorship from 1926 to 1942 it emerged as one of America's foremost academic periodicals. Allen Tate was editor from 1944 to 1946 and a frequent contributor. Under his direction the journal joined the Kenyon Review as a leading organ of the New Criticism; among the critics whose work was featured were Ransom and R. P. Blackmur. The Sewanee Review continues to appear regularly and is decades ahead of its nearest rival as the longest established journal of its kind in the USA. More recently its editors have included Andrew Lytle and George Core.

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