Life and Letters

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Life and Letters

(1928-1950) was a literary magazine founded by Desmond MacCarthy (1877-1952), and published from London on what was for most of its existence a monthly basis, although it went through periods of quarterly publication only (1932-4; 1935-8). Under successive changes of ownership and editor, it also extended its title variously, as

Life and Letters To-Day

(1935-9), then after taking over a rival magazine

Life and Letters continuing The London Mercury and Bookman

(1939-45) and finally

Life and Letters and The London Mercury

(1946-50). Under the initial editorship of MacCarthy (1928-34)


the magazine drew regularly upon contributions from his friends and allies in the Bloomsbury Group; but from the mid-1930s it evolved into a journal of international modernism.


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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Life and Letters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2021 [, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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