Cornhill Magazine (1984 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (Bath Spa University College)


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The Cornhill Magazine was a highly influential, commercially successful, literary periodical. Founded as a monthly magazine in 1860 by the publishing firm of Smith, Elder & Company, its shilling price was far below the 2s.6d. charged for the old monthlies like Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Its enormous initial success facilitated a boom in shilling monthly magazines in the second half of the nineteenth century. The sensation it created is evident in one of Athenaeum's advertisements of 7 January 1860: “It is almost impossible to imagine any further developments, either in quality or in quantity, of the periodical literature of this country, than that which is attained in the new monthly …

Hadjiafxendi, Kyriaki. "Cornhill Magazine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2008
[, accessed 21 October 2016.]

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  1. Periodicals