Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art

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Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art

(1939-1949; nominally 1940-50) was a London-based monthly magazine founded by Cyril Connolly (1903-74) with initial help from Stephen Spender and with the financial support of the wealthy art-collector Peter Watson. Launched after the closure of several literary magazines in early 1939 (

The Criterion, The London Mercury, New Verse

and others), and with an initial print-run of 1,000, it quickly established itself as Britain’s premier monthly cultural review of the 1940s, reaching a circulation of around 8,000 on the basis of its low cover-price of one shilling. The first issue, although dated January 1940, was released before Christmas 1939, and the review eventually survived through a run of 120 issues, each of them with “Edited by Cyril…

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19625, accessed 29 February 2024.]

19625 Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art 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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