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Adam International Review

Adam, The London Library

Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: 110A Piccadilly to Nelson Algren Biography

a literary quarterly published in London since 1941. (Adam is an acronym for ‘Arts, Drama, Architecture, Music’.) The editor, Miron Grindea (1909), originally from Romania, settled in England in September 1939. Grindea conceived of his journal as a showcase for the best British and European writing, with occasional forays into the literature of other continents. Its contributors, writing both in English and in French, included Anthony Powell, Max Beerbohm, W. H. Auden, H. G. Wells, Thomas Mann, André Gide, and François Mauriac, sometimes featuring drawings by artists like Picasso and Chagall. Early numbers featured T. S. Eliot's ‘Reflections on the Unity of European Culture’ (1946) and ‘The Aims of Poetic Drama’ (1949), as well as Winston Churchill on Bernard Shaw. Others included issues on Proust (with valuable contributions by his biographer, George Painter), Balzac, Tolstoy, Strindberg, Dylan Thomas, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Joyce Cary. The 300th issue (1965), published in book form as Adam 300 (1966), contained two hitherto unknown short stories by Chekhov, forty-six letters by Katherine Mansfield, an unpublished essay by James Joyce on Defoe, and sketches by Modigliani. The London Library (1978) was another issue published in book form. Adam is also distinguished by Grindea's lengthy and often provocative editorials. With Stephen Spender, Benjamin Britten, and Henry Moore he founded, in 1943, the International Arts Guild.

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