Dublin Magazine, The
a literary periodical begun in 1923 by James Starkey, who was known as editor and contributor under his pseudonym ‘Seamus O'Sullivan’. It was conceived of as providing a point of cultural detachment from the upheavals which accompanied the emergence of the Irish Free State, and Starkey maintained his policy of political nonalignment throughout his thirty-five years as editor. The first issue of the magazine established its international tone: work by Gérard de Nerval and John Masefield appeared alongside contributions from Irish authors, who included Padraic Colum and James Stephens; it continued to take an active interest in literature from various European countries, notably Italy and Portugal. In addition to its literary content, which took the form of poetry, fiction, critical articles, and the occasional publication of entire verse-dramas, the Dublin Magazine gave attention to developments in science and the graphic and plastic arts: Jack B. Yeats and Augustus John were among the artists who supplied illustrations. The poets closely associated with the journal included Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, F. R. Higgins, and Padraic Fallon; verse by R. S. Thomas and other Welsh poets was featured regularly during the 1940s. Arguably the best and certainly the longest-running Irish periodical of the twentieth century, the Dublin Magazine was discontinued after its editor's death in 1958.