Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Forerunner

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  • Denise Knight (SUNY, Cortland)

In print from 1909 to 1916, The Forerunner was self-published by Charlotte Perkins Gilman after American author and editor Theodore Dreiser advised her to “consider more what the editors want” since her social reform writing did not appeal to the masses. Rejecting Dreiser's advice, Gilman instead decided to write what she pleased by publishing her own twenty-eight-page monthly magazine. Written entirely by Gilman, The Forerunner sold for ten cents an issue or a dollar a year and featured short fiction, serialized novels, essays, articles, book reviews, and poems. At its apex, The Forerunner had nearly 1,500 subscribers from all of the United States and from Europe, India, and Australia. The cost of …

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Knight, Denise. "The Forerunner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
[, accessed 07 October 2015.]