New Writing

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New Writing was a periodical literary miscellany established in 1936 and edited by John Lehmann (1907-87) through various changes of identity, publisher and title: it became Folios of New Writing (1940-41), then after a merger New Writing and Daylight (1942-46), and continued itself in popular format as Penguin New Writing (1940-50). Launched in the period of the Spanish Civil War as a non-doctrinaire and more strictly literary alternative to the Communist Left Review (1934-38), it evolved into one of the two major British literary magazines of the 1940s (alongside Cyril Connolly’s Horizon, 1939-49), publishing work by several leading writers including Christopher Isherwood, …

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "New Writing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2021 [, accessed 29 January 2023.]

19624 New Writing 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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