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Edinburgh Review, The

New Edinburgh Review, Edinburgh Review, Review

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a quarterly literary magazine begun in 1969 as the New Edinburgh Review, the title alluding to the Edinburgh Review (18021929), to which many of the major writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries contributed. David Cubitt was the first editor of the New Edinburgh Review, which was published by students of Edinburgh University and contained poetry, short stories, and reviews of books and theatrical activities. By 1971 the journal had attracted work from numerous leading Scottish authors, including Hugh MacDiarmid, George Mackay Brown, and Norman MacCaig. Under James Campbell's editorship from 1978 to 1982 the Review emerged as a literary periodical of repute, publishing work by a wide range of eminent writers who included Robert Creeley, David Daiches, Gavin Ewart, Douglas Dunn, William Burroughs, and James Baldwin. Allan Massie, editor between 1982 and 1984, maintained the liveliness of tone and high standards Campbell had established, introducing James Naughtie as a political commentator and featuring stories by Muriel Spark, William Boyd, and Emma Tennant. The present title was assumed in 1985. The magazine publishes prose fiction, poetry, reviews, and critical articles on literature, the graphic arts, and socio-cultural topics. Frank Kuppner, James Simmons, Tom Leonard, Edwin Morgan, and Alasdair Gray are among the regular contributors.

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